If you’re a loafer, you avoid working whenever possible, preferring to lounge around relaxing instead. And, if you’re too lazy to tie your own shoes, you may prefer to wear loafers — slip-on shoes without laces.

If you’re a loafer at work, your co-workers will grow to resent you for doing nothing while they do their jobs. Loafers like to loaf, or “spend time in an idle, aimless way.” People will call you a loafer if you spend most of your time in a reclining position, take frequent breaks for snacks and naps, or obviously avoid anything resembling hard work. This noun has been in use since the mid-1800s, but its origin isn’t clear. The shoe called a loafer got its name because it’s easily slipped on, without the work of laces and knots.

Definitions of loafer
  1. noun

    person who does no work

    bum, do-nothing, idler, layabout
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    clock watcher

    a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time
    couch potato

    an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)
    dallier, dilly-dallier, dillydallier, lounger, mope

    someone who wastes time
    dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer

    someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
    daydreamer, woolgatherer

    someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming
    goldbrick, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, goof-off, ne’er-do-well, no-account

    an idle worthless person

    a lazy person
    lie-abed, slugabed

    a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour

    a worthless lazy fellow
    shirker, slacker

    a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
    slug, sluggard

    an idle slothful person

    a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time

    someone who basks in the sunshine in order to get a suntan

    one who behaves lightly or not seriously

    someone who whittles (usually as an idle pastime)
    lotus-eater, stargazer

    someone indifferent to the busy world
    dreamer, escapist, wishful thinker

    a person who escapes into a world of fantasy

    a soldier who performs his duties without proper care or effort
    lingerer, loiterer

    someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
    malingerer, shammer, skulker

    someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
    plodder, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud

    someone who moves slowly
    potterer, putterer

    a person who putters about

    a shirker
    straggler, strayer

    someone who strays or falls behind
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    a person who does nothing

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