loaf·​er | \ ˈlō-fər How to pronounce loafer (audio) \

Definition of loafer

1 : one that loafs : idler
2 : a low step-in shoe

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Examples of loafer in a Sentence

an incorrigible loafer who never accomplished anything
Recent Examples on the Web Commit to a commuter shoe, like a loafer, that's both comfy and cool. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, 20 Sep. 2021 My splurge this season will be the Prada lug sole loafer. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Holmes swings his left leg over his right knee, revealing a scuffed, dusty black loafer. Timothy Ivy, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2021 The tassel on the front offers a unique twist to the ordinary loafer style, while encompassing Tod’s legacy of ageless craftsmanship and classic design.$625. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Mike Strout knows firsthand that the loafer market has a ceiling. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 7 June 2021 This men's footwear launch includes the RS01 Sneaker, a low-top, lace-up sneaker, and the Driving Loafer, a slip-on shoe with a classic loafer silhouette and nub sole. Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2021 The eco-friendly women’s footwear and bag brand has just unveiled their first men’s collection, made up of a driving loafer and sneaker. Timothy Latterner, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 May 2021 Sam Edelman's Linnie slip-on loafer is sharp, chic, and endlessly versatile. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of loafer

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loafer

perhaps short for landloafer, from German Landläufer tramp, from Land + Läufer runner

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2 Oct 2021

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“Loafer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loafer. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loafer

: a low shoe with no laces
: a person who does not work hard

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