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 Now, video stores are a historical relic akin to Mayan pyramids only not as well-preserved, and all those slacker-youth main characters have reached middle age. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 19 July 2021 One option is to simply reclaim the term, to embrace the ruminative rewards of slacker culture (if nineties fashions are back, can the nineties lackadaisical affect be far behind?). Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Actually, his calendar looks like a slacker's worst nightmare. Star Tribune, 19 June 2021 Many are afraid they’ll be perceived as a slacker, get passed over for job promotions or that someone might be angling for their job. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 13 May 2021 In one segment, Mr. Musk, who longs to colonize Mars, issued commands to a Mars mission that relied on a slacker character played by Pete Davidson. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 9 May 2021 The slacker teen in me thinks complacency gets a bad rap. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 4 May 2021 In the late ’90s and early ‘00s, Santana had a major, commercial comeback and his style had transformed from slacker-rocker to cool uncle at a Bar Mitzvah. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2021 Worse yet, a Jewish draftee ought not to be shown as a slacker who pretends shul-going piety in order to evade cleaning the barracks on the Sabbath. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Jul 2021

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“Slacker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slacker

informal : a person who avoids work and responsibilities

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