layabout

layabout

[ley-uh-bout]
noun Chiefly British.
a lazy or idle person; loafer.

Origin:
1930–35; noun use of verb phrase lay about, nonstandard variant of lie about

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layabout (ˈleɪəˌbaʊt)
 
n
1.  a lazy person; loafer
 
vb
2.  old-fashioned (preposition, usually intr or reflexive) to hit out with violent and repeated blows in all directions

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layabout
"habitual loafer," 1932, from lay (v.) + about. One who "lays about" the house, etc.
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