ne'er-do-well

noun \ ˈner-du̇-ˌwel \

Definition of ne'er-do-well

: an idle worthless person

ne'er-do-well

adjective

First Known Use of ne'er-do-well

1736


NE'ER-DO-WELL Defined for English Language Learners

ne'er-do-well

noun

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

  • : a lazy and worthless person


NE'ER-DO-WELL Defined for Kids

ne'er-do-well

noun \ ˈner-du̇-ˌwel \

Definition of ne'er-do-well for Students

: a worthless person who will not work


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