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

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Metallo and Spindler were dressed in fintech casual (loafers, fleeces). Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Last Robot-Proof Job in America?," 1 Aug. 2019 Gray suit in a reptile-skin print, bolo tie (with his initials), loafers. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "The N.B.A.’s Draft Show Goes On, With Style — Even if It Shouldn’t," 21 June 2019 His slicked-back hair in combination with peg-leg jeans and loafers looks like something straight out of the '50s. 2. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "As G-Eazy Guns for Elvis Movie Role, Here Are 6 Times He Channeled The King," 8 July 2019 So far, Everlane's footwear selection has focused on those sophisticated, seasonless silhouettes people don't swap out every season—the loafer, the boot, the low block heel. Glamour, "It’s Finally Happening: Everlane Is Releasing a Sneaker," 18 Apr. 2019 War refugees escaping violence, by contrast, must trudge their wretched roads in rubber flip-flops, dress loafers, dusty sandals, high-heeled pumps, booties improvised from rags, etc. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 Meanwhile, James looked dapper in a Glen plaid double-breasted suit with a blue shirt, navy tie, suede loafers, and aviator shades. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Takes On Wimbledon in a Pink Stella McCartney Dress," 8 July 2019 Tod’s Stylish two-tone suede loafers; $725, at Tod’s stores and tods.com. 5. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Father's Day Gift Guide: Top Choices for Execs, Stars, Agents, Writers and Directors," 7 June 2019 On the second floor of the living quarters of Gracie Mansion, Mayor Lindsay, in a yellow sports shirt, gray slacks, and brown loafers, was watching C.B.S. on a color-television set. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "East Eighty-eighth Street and East End Avenue," 25 May 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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