ne'er-do-well

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\ ˈner-du̇-ˌwel How to pronounce ne'er-do-well (audio) \

Definition of ne'er-do-well

: an idle worthless person

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First Known Use of ne'er-do-well

1736, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ne'er-do-well was in 1736

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“Ne'er-do-well.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ne%27er-do-well. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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ne'er-do-well

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English Language Learners Definition of ne'er-do-well

old-fashioned : a lazy and worthless person

ne'er-do-well

noun
\ ˈner-du̇-ˌwel \

Kids Definition of ne'er-do-well

: a worthless person who will not work

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