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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After over 2,700 reviews, these loafers stack up at an impressive 4.5-star rating. Simona Matovic, oregonlive, "Where to buy the best women’s commuter shoes | The 5 most comfortable and stylish options," 18 July 2019 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN PARTY Bejeweled red loafers and shoes glimmering with silver leather tassels and speckles of paint were among the newest design ideas by famed shoemaker Christian Louboutin. Washington Post, "Sheer spectacle: Paris is the real star of menswear shows," 20 June 2019 At just $165, the new personalized loafers are affordable too. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Beloved Rothy's Flats Just Got a Zodiac Update," 15 Jan. 2019 But there’s a problem: Dad only exists from the waist down, as slacks and brown loafers. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "Disney Pixar’s ‘Soul,’ ‘Onward’ bring original ideas back to animation," 24 Aug. 2019 Miuccia Prada changed that with a swift pivot of her chunky heeled loafer. Vogue, "The Women Designers Who Changed The Way We Dress," 14 Aug. 2019 In 2007, amid heavy expectations, former Republican Sen. Fred Thompson famously made his Iowa debut by attending the Iowa State Fair wearing a pair of $500 Gucci loafers. Thomas Beaumont, Fortune, "Iowa State Fair: Where U.S. Politics and Fried Oreos Intersect," 8 Aug. 2019 In a new video posted to his Twitter account on Saturday, Brown is seen continuing to put in work ahead of his first season with the Raiders—this time catching bricks with one hand mid-air while shirtless and wearing loafers. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Watch: Antonio Brown Takes Training to the Next Level With Insane Workout," 20 July 2019 Today, these loafers are $15 less than usual for Prime members only. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "5 of the best Prime Day fashion deals," 16 July 2019

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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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