slack·​er ˈsla-kər How to pronounce slacker (audio)
: a person who shirks work or obligation
especially : one who evades military service in time of war
: a person and especially a young person who is perceived to be disaffected, apathetic, cynical, or lacking ambition
slacker adjective

Examples of slacker in a Sentence

The people I work with are a bunch of slackers. there will be no slackers tolerated in this group—anyone who doesn't do their share will get booted out
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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slacker was in 1898

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“Slacker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


slack·​er ˈslak-ər How to pronounce slacker (audio)
: one who avoids work or a duty

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