loafer

noun
loaf·​er | \ ˈlō-fər How to pronounce loafer (audio) \

Definition of loafer

1 : one that loafs : idler
2 : a low step-in shoe

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Examples of loafer in a Sentence

an incorrigible loafer who never accomplished anything
Recent Examples on the Web Any kind of loafer basically got you in the door, or sneakers. New York Times, "Candice Bergen, Woman Who’s Had It All," 5 Dec. 2020 Johnny Podres, the loafer, only went 81/3 innings in his start. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Kevin Cash’s World Series interruption is an analytics horror story, and the Rangers need to learn from it," 29 Oct. 2020 There was the notorious 1960 scene in which Krushchev took off his shoe, a loafer, and banged it on a table during a debate at the United Nations. Debra Hale-shelton, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DEBRA HALE-SHELTON: Our innocence, interrupted by fear," 16 Aug. 2020 Try a classic loafer in the form of these Leigh suede loafers, which are up for grabs for $159.90 (originally $268)—an incredible savings of 40%. Arielle Tschinkel And Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "You can save up to 40% on Tory Burch bags, boots and more right now at Nordstrom," 8 Aug. 2020 Tap in to your equestrian roots with these loafer mules from Gucci. oregonlive, "Nordstrom online sale: Up to 60 percent off designer clothing, swimwear, Givenchy sunglasses, Gucci loafers and more," 30 June 2020 Rob — the loafer and the mope, the impressively successful Lothario and pretentious little troll — is the protagonist of this book, which could be called autofiction (the author is also named Rob Doyle), anti-woke polemic or obsessive riff. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘Threshold’ Resurrects the Angry, Ambitious Young Man," 25 Mar. 2020 For shoes, my go-to are the Comme Des Garçons Adrian from the collaboration with Dr. Martens, which looks like a loafer version of Dr. Martens. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Miyako Nakamura, Creative Director and Co-Founder of M.M.LaFleur," 24 Feb. 2020 Above: Hiandra Martinez wears a Louis Vuitton jacket, vest, shirt, pants, brooches, and loafers; Bulgari earrings and ring. WORKING GIRLS The women who see it all: Late-night sirens, 9-to-5 moms, and everything in-between. Harper's BAZAAR, "Some Say Love," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of loafer

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loafer

perhaps short for landloafer, from German Landläufer tramp, from Land + Läufer runner

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The first known use of loafer was in 1830

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12 Dec 2020

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“Loafer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loafer. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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loafer

noun
How to pronounce loafer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of loafer

: a low shoe with no laces
: a person who does not work hard

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