Ne'er-do-well Ne'er"-do-well`, n. A person who never does, or fares, well; a good for nothing. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The idle and dissolute ne'er-do-wells of their communities. --Harper's Mag. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ne'er-do-well — (n.) one who is good for nothing, 1737, Scottish and northern English dialect, from contraction of phrase never do well. The adjective is first recorded 1773 …   Etymology dictionary

  • ne'er-do-well — [ner′do͞o wel΄] n. a person who never does anything worthwhile; one who cannot make a living, get things done, etc. adj. lazy, inadequate, etc …   English World dictionary

  • ne'er-do-well — index derelict Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ne'er-do-well — ne er do .well n old use a lazy useless person …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ne'er-do-well — ne er do ,well noun count OLD FASHIONED a person who is lazy and does not want to work …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ne'er-do-well — ne er′ do well n. 1) an idle, worthless person; good for nothing 2) worthless; ineffectual; good for nothing • Etymology: 1730–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • ne’ er-do-well — [n] irresponsible person bum*, good for nothing, idler, lazybones*, loafer, sloucher, wastrel; concept 412 …   New thesaurus

  • ne'er-do-well — ► NOUN ▪ a person who is lazy and irresponsible …   English terms dictionary

  • Ne'er-do-well — A ne er do well is a rogue or vagabond without means of support; a good for nothing. Ne er do well can also refer to: The Ne er do weel, a February 1878 play by W. S. Gilbert, revived the next month, after major revisions, as The Vagabond Ne er… …   Wikipedia

  • ne'er-do-well — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms ne er do well : singular ne er do well plural ne er do wells old fashioned a person who is lazy and does not want to work …   English dictionary

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