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

Synonyms for slacker


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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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 John Cusack stars as Lloyd Dobler, an slacker/aspiring kickboxer in love with Ione Skye’s Diane Court, the class valedictorian. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "40 Classic Movies You Should See If You Love Rom-Coms," 2 Feb. 2017 Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske and Paul Soter played slacker Vermont state troopers who get into a law-enforcement competition with local police to see who can enforce more laws. Michael Heaton,, "'Super Troopers' gang back on the big screen with so-so sequel (review)," 20 Apr. 2018 Calpurnia has the slacker rock vibe down to a science. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Calpurnia Release Dreamy New Video For 'Greyhound': Watch," 28 June 2018 Movie allusions and Andrew Garfield’s hard-working star turn as a Los Angeles slacker is about all that holds together this labyrinthine, wildly self-satisfied mystery. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "The Best and Worst of Cannes, Maybe Coming to a Theater Near You," 17 May 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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a strong desire or propensity

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