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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When researchers removed some of the hard-working ants, however, a a selection of loafers took up the work. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Lazy Ants Are Great at Avoiding Traffic Jams," 19 Aug. 2018 There are only so many jokes that can be made about charcoal gray suits and loafers. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Is Hair the One Thing On Which Male and Female Politicians Are On Equal Footing?," 14 July 2016 Heel heights have come down, and women wanted more comfort—loafers, sneakers, and low heels really gained momentum. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "’90s-Era Prada Nylon, Investment Blazers, and the Blanket You Share With Your Bed: What We Bought in 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 There are lots of other styles to choose from, too, like sneakers, loafers, heels, and sandals. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 Leslie, who now stars on The Good Fight, wore a dark gray tee, dark straight-leg jeans, floral loafers, and a red bag for the casual outing. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Look So In Love During Their First Post-Wedding Appearance," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, Legend took home the award for the Most Stylish Man in a navy blue velvet tux and matching loafers. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Stuns in First Post-Baby Red Carpet Appearance," 6 Sep. 2018 The result is a dark calfskin travel loafer with elaborate white stitching around the toe and striped vamp. Jason Horowitz, Vogue, "Meet the Adorable Italian Stars in HBO’s Elena Ferrante Adaptation, My Brilliant Friend," 14 Aug. 2018 Rothy’s, a shoe brand founded in 2012, sells flats, loafers, and sneakers made from old water bottles. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Why brands are making new clothes out of old plastic," 24 Oct. 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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