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[ley-uh-bout] /ˈleɪ əˌbaʊt/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
a lazy or idle person; loafer.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; noun use of verb phrase lay about, nonstandard variant of lie about
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British Dictionary definitions for layabouts

layabout

/ˈleɪəˌbaʊt/
noun
1.
a lazy person; loafer
verb
2.
(preposition, usually intransitive or reflexive) (old-fashioned) to hit out with violent and repeated blows in all directions
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Word Origin and History for layabouts

layabout

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for layabouts

layabout

noun

A lazy person; shirker (1930s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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