do-nothing do-nothing n. person who does no work.

Syn: idler, loafer, layabout, bum, ne'er-do-well, good-for-nothing. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • do-nothing — do noth ing, a. Doing nothing; disinclined to work or exertion; inactive; idle; lazy; of people; as, a do nothing policy. [prenominal] Syn: bone idle, bone lazy, faineant, indolent, lazy, otiose, shiftless, slothful, workshy, work shy. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • do-nothing — do .nothing adj [only before noun] BrE informal lazy or unwilling to make any changes, especially in politics ▪ the do nothing government of the last few years …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • do-nothing — [do͞o′nuth΄iŋ] n. a person without ambition or initiative; idler adj. showing no ambition or initiative; complacent …   English World dictionary

  • do nothing — index procrastinate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • do-nothing — [n] bum couch potato*, goof off*, idler, lazybones, lazy person, loafer, moocher, slacker; concepts 412,423 …   New thesaurus

  • do-nothing — /dooh nuth ing/, n. 1. a person who chooses to do nothing; a lazy or worthless person. adj. 2. characterized by inability or unwillingness to initiate action, work toward a goal, assume responsibility, or the like: a do nothing government. [1570… …   Universalium

  • do-nothing — I noun person who does no work a lazy bum • Syn: ↑idler, ↑loafer, ↑layabout, ↑bum • Derivationally related forms: ↑bum (fo …   Useful english dictionary

  • do-nothing — do′ noth ing [[t]du[/t]] n. 1) a lazy or shiftless person 2) characterized by inability or unwillingness to assume responsibility, work toward a goal, or the like • Etymology: 1570–80 do′ noth ing•ism, n …   From formal English to slang

  • do-nothing — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fence sitter, [time] waster, drone, idler. See inactivity. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. idle, indolent, passive; see indifferent 1 , lazy 1 . n. Syn. idler, sluggard, layabout, slacker; see loafer .… …   English dictionary for students

  • do-nothing — n 1. idler, faineant, loafer, drone, Inf. bum, sluggard, slugabed, lazybones; laggard, loiterer, lounger, lingerer, trifler, dawdler, dallier; day dreamer, lotus eater; shirker, goldbrick, Sl. goof off; good for nothing, ne er do well, Fr.… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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