loafer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Loafer a low leather step-in shoe; the top resembles a moccasin but it has a broad flat heel
    • n loafer person who does no work "a lazy bum"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Loafer A type of shoe without laces which can be easily slipped on or off; -- originally a trademark; as, he bought a new pair of loafers .
    • Loafer One who loafs; a lazy lounger.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n loafer An idle man, lounger, or aimless stroller, of whatever social condition; specifically, one who is too lazy to work or pursue regular business, and lounges about, depending upon chance or disreputable means for subsistence.
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Quotations

  • Robert Hughes
    Robert Hughes
    “A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.”
  • Karl Kraus
    Karl%20Kraus
    “Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “A loafer always has the correct time.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. läufer, a runner, Prov. G. laufer, lofer, fr. laufen, to run. See Leap

Usage

In literature:

The loafers in the hotel drew closer.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
But now you come under the muzzle of the ordinance; you're a loafer.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844" by Various
The exasperated officer turned to the cab-driver, as he slung the street loafers from him to right and left.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
I felt that I could hardly blame her if she got the idea that I was a worthless loafer or tramp.
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
They are therefore unfit for any society but that of loafers and brawlers.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
I'll have no loafers aboard my boat.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Also wot you call loafer: 'e do not work wen 'e wish not to.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
That this should be said of him to the loafers at the mill!
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Trench-life bred loafers, and loafers never made the best soldiers.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
Poorly clad street loafers sought to idle away their time with a visit to Santa Claus.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
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In poetry:

The last remains of "Turk" lie here,
Who ne'er was known to shrink, or fear
The face of interloper;
Poor "Turk" was ever, soon or late,
From puppy up to dog's estate,
A foe to thief or loafer.
"An Epitaph On My Dog Turk" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
I went up to a squatter, and asked him for a feed,
But the knowledge of my hunger was swallowed by his greed.
He said I was a loafer and for work had no desire,
And so, to do him justice, I set his shed on fire.
"The Murrumbidgee Shearer" by Anonymous Oceania
no trumpets, no solemn instauration, no change;
no commissions, ladies high in soulful praise
(pal) none,
costumes as usual, turtleneck sweaters, loafers,
in & among the busy Many who brays
art is if anything fun.
"Dream Song 125:" Bards freezing, naked, up to the neck in water"" by John Berryman
The cursed coach will reach the town
And they'll all come out, every loafer grown
A lion to handcuff a man that's down.
What's that? Oh, the coachman's bulleted hat!
I'll give it a head to fit it pat.
Thank you! No cravat.
"The Exeter Road" by Amy Lowell
I knew one poor, unhappy wight, having a little ready,
Entered a Smeaton public-house, determined to keep steady.
A celebrated loafer there determined upon showing him
That he once had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing him.
"The Loafers' Club" by Anonymous Oceania
Don't drink, boys, Don't!
If the loafers and idlers scoff, never heed:
True men and true women will wish you "God-speed."
There is nothing of purity, pleasure, or cheer
To be gotten from whiskey, wine, brandy, or beer.
Don't drink, boys, Don't!
"Don't Drink" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Michael Jackson's Loafers, Amy Winehouse's Robe Fetch $$$ at Auction.
Mitt Romney is making his long teased loafers-on-the-ground foray into Pennsylvania on Sunday.
You look down at your feet and see that those funky old loafers of yours are sorely in need of a shine.
This accent has more loves than the loafer.
Everyone seems comfortable with the relationship between lawmakers and lizard-loafered lobbyists except We the Unwashed .
Few icons remind us of the "loafers with no socks" era of the 1980s better than the wine cooler .
Few icons remind us of the "loafers with no socks" era of the 1980s better than the wine cooler.
Entering a world where Christian Louboutin, Kate Spade and other designers have all tread before, a high-end shoe designer has filed a lawsuit against the Gap, charging the clothing chain with replicating his signature loafers and stripes.
Gap Sued by Shoe Designer over Look- Alike Loafers (Photo Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images).
In a scene typical of early Houston, a slave woman tries not to laugh as three well-armed and drunken "rowdy loafers" harass and alarm a respectable family from the upper crust.
Leather loafers can be found at West Marine for $79.99.
Pointy-toed flat pumps, sandals and smoking slippers—masculine shoes with a thin sole and a loafer-like tongue—followed for next spring.
Ivy Green Loafer ($650) by Leffot, leffot.com.
"The first thing that needs to happen, I think, is to get these people out of their homes," a man wearing a bespoke blue-striped shirt, a Hermés tie patterned with elephants and Ferragamo loafers said recently.
Sid Mashburn Italian Penny Loafer.
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