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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 The movie, which was written and directed by the late John Hughes, tells the story of teen slacker Ferris Bueller who skips school to enjoy a day off in Chicago with his friend Cameron Frye (Ruck) and his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Sara). Rosy Cordero,, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," 28 June 2020 There Joe McBeth, an affable slacker known to everyone as Mac (Ryan McCartan), is wading into his 30s content to work the Fry-O-Lator. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Double, Double, Burger and Trouble in ‘Scotland, PA’," 23 Oct. 2019 The titular 20-something slacker (Michael Cera) takes all comers in Edgar Wright’s exuberant 2010 mix of romance, comedy and video game-style action. Los Angeles Times, "Classic movies in L.A. this week: ‘The Misfits,’ ‘Road Warrior,’ ‘Rashomon’ and more," 26 Jan. 2020 The comedy is loosely based on Davidson's actual life, telling the story of a slacker named Scott (Davidson) whose father was killed in 9/11. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Live From His Mum’s Basement, Pete Davidson Gives A Crucial Update On His New Movie & Drug Habits," 29 Apr. 2020 The story of three slackers who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Fire up these stoner movies for 420 Day," 20 Apr. 2020 Once upon a time — long before everyone knew that millennials are a bunch of Instagramming snowflakes who demand trophies for everything — Generation Xers were a bunch of apathetic slackers. Danielle Kurtzleben, Washington Post, "What will America look like when millennials are in charge?," 21 Feb. 2020 These slacker viruses make lots of mistakes, mutating widely. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "There are different strains of coronavirus. So what does that mean for a vaccine?," 15 Apr. 2020 My Name is Earl (Hulu) A slacker wins the the lottery and decides to right all the wrongs from his past with his newfound realization. Ben Flanagan |, al, "63 comforting TV shows you can stream to warm your hearts during isolation," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of slacker

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Slacker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slacker

informal : a person who avoids work and responsibilities

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