noun Date: 1932 a lazy shiftless person ; idler

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • layabout — n. A person who does no work. Syn: idler, loafer, do nothing, bum. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • layabout — (n.) habitual loafer, 1932, from LAY (Cf. lay) (v.) + ABOUT (Cf. about). One who lays about the house, etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • layabout — ► NOUN derogatory ▪ a person who habitually does little or no work …   English terms dictionary

  • layabout — [lā′ə bout΄] n. [Brit. Informal] a loafer; bum …   English World dictionary

  • layabout — [[t]le͟ɪəbaʊt[/t]] layabouts N COUNT (disapproval) If you say that someone is a layabout, you disapprove of them because they do not work and you think they are lazy. [mainly BRIT] The plaintiff s sole witness, a gambler and layabout, was easily… …   English dictionary

  • layabout — UK [ˈleɪəˌbaʊt] / US noun [countable] Word forms layabout : singular layabout plural layabouts someone who is lazy and avoids work or anything that involves any effort …   English dictionary

  • layabout — /lay euh bowt /, n. Chiefly Brit. a lazy or idle person; loafer. [1930 35; n. use of v. phrase lay about, nonstandard var. of LIE ABOUT] * * * …   Universalium

  • layabout — noun A lazy person …   Wiktionary

  • Layabout — one who does not work; a loafer; an idler …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • layabout — Australian Slang one who does not work; a loafer; an idler …   English dialects glossary

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