loaf·er | \ˈlō-fər \

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

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Even though the campaign was meant for the men’s collection, anyone can try out the lilac socks with loafers styling tip. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Harry Styles Stars in Gucci Campaign With a Chicken," 4 June 2018 Buy Now Buy Now COS leather slip-on shoes The loafer invasion is happening. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The 13 Best New Menswear Items to Buy This Week," 22 June 2018 Finish with loafers and a smokey eye for a major androgynous aesthetic. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Genius Ways You Should Be Wearing Your Leather Jacket for Fall," 14 Nov. 2017 Men on the other hand, can generally get by with two pairs: Sneakers and loafers, which can be worn both during the day and at night. New York Times, "5 Tips to Travel Light and Dress Well at the Same Time," 29 Mar. 2018 James looked dapper in a navy suit jacket with white slacks and a pair of blue loafers while his wife coordinated in similar colors. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton's Wimbledon Dress​ Is Nice and All, but Have You Seen Her Shoes?," 5 July 2018 The display includes a large receptacle for donated shoes for those in need, a clever nod to host Fred Rogers’ signature TV shoe change from loafers to tennis shoes. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Mr. Rogers still a trusted name and neighbor to Northwest Indiana public TV," 27 June 2018 Clad in a black suit, tie and shiny loafers, Love was flanked by activists, his girlfriend and two attorneys, including Brian Dunn. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Actor says racial profiling led to his wrongful detainment by sheriff's deputies," 13 June 2018 But, Pose isn’t scandalized by the idea a man like Stan would fall head-over-loafers for a fascinating, caring, bombshell of a woman like Angel. refinery29.com, "What Makes Pose's Biggest Relationship Special Isn't What You Think," 11 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of loafer

: a low shoe with no laces

: a person who does not work hard

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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