slack·​er | \ ˈsla-kər How to pronounce slacker (audio) \

Definition of slacker

1 : a person who shirks work or obligation especially : one who evades military service in time of war
2 : a person and especially a young person who is perceived to be disaffected, apathetic, cynical, or lacking ambition

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Her get-up consisted of a white shirt that buttoned diagonally and left artful cutouts across the body, a cream handbag, and the most slacker-chic beloved sandal of all, the Birkenstock. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 13 July 2022 Two slacker friends attempt to promote their public-access cable show. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 13 Sep. 2022 At first, Arnold is conveyed as a conventional slacker, but Prapapan reveals how his drift through life is a consequence of parent-teacher bribery and institutional dysfunction. Srikanth Srinivasan, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 Ben Stiller made his directorial debut with an off-genre romantic comedy that perfectly captured Gen X in all its grunge-slacker gloriousness. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Aug. 2022 This slacker novel splits its time — and its central characters, Benson and Mike — between Houston and Osaka as a long-distance relationship deteriorates before finding its footing again. The Week Staff, The Week, 8 Aug. 2022 Beavis and Butt-Head, the ultimate slacker critics, are returning and ready to drop some fiery hot takes on all the biggest pop stars of the day. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 3 Aug. 2022 Tame Impala, the project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, headlined Primavera Sound’s opening day alongside slacker rock icons Pavement. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 3 June 2022 One tester has been noise-free and one degree slacker for nearly a year. Outside Online, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slacker

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Sep 2022

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“Slacker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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