ne'er-do-well

noun
\ 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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ne'er-do-well adjective

First Known Use of ne'er-do-well

1736, in the meaning defined above

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ne'er

ne'er-do-weel

ne'er-do-well

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neaf

Neagh, Lough

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ne'er-do-well

noun

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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