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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slacker adjective

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goldbrick, shirker

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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

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Your tights, your shirts, your sports bras: all pathetic slackers! Peter Rubin, WIRED, "The Tech Industry's Latest Fitness Craze: Recovery," 24 June 2019 Kinney’s relatable yelp and slacker-poet songs are the threads sewing it all together. Matt Wake |,, "Drivin N Cryin is still going ‘Straight to Hell’," 11 June 2019 Mocked on talk shows as America’s most famous houseguest, Kaelin has gone on to appear in reality shows, in small parts in TV sitcoms and films, and to launch a clothing line for slackers. John Rogers, The Denver Post, "O.J. Simpson murder trial key players: Where are they now?," 10 June 2019 In a strict prisoner’s dilemma scenario, the slackers would eventually kill off the producers, harming the entire population. Quanta Magazine, "Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question," 12 Feb. 2015 At the time people were talking about the slacker generation. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "How One Verse Helped the Beastie Boys Atone for a Bad-Boy Past," 3 Dec. 2018 Stars like Jonah Hill, Shia LaBeouf, Post Malone, Wiz Khalifa and Justin Bieber dress like dorm-room slackers, supercharged with AmEx black cards. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Are Male Celebrities Dressing Like Such Slobs?," 27 Aug. 2018 Probably mosquitoes; bedbugs are slackers and don't travel far between bites. Caitlin Moscatello, Redbook, "The Best Tactics to Bedbug-Proof Your House," 26 Jan. 2011 Next, there were the Texas GOP’s weird tweets recently that sought to portray O’Rourke as maybe a slacker loser who wouldn’t debate Cruz but ended up making the Democrat look very handsome and maybe kind of cool? Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 10 most important Senate elections, briefly explained," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of slacker

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of slacker was in 1898

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English Language Learners Definition of slacker

informal : a person who avoids work and responsibilities

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