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[loh-fer] /ˈloʊ fər/
a person who loafs; lazy person; idler.
1820-30, Americanism; perhaps short for *landloafer vagabond; compare German (obsolete) Landläufer, Dutch landloper; see landloper
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loaferish, adjective


[loh-fer] /ˈloʊ fər/
a brand name for a moccasinlike slip-on shoe. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for loafers
  • But it's a lot more comfortable than wearing loafers and falling on the icy sidewalk.
  • The jobless are more or less leftists idler, loafers for whom every job is painful and tiring.
  • Anyone hanging around academia will find some loafers.
  • He screamed obscenities at the television, threw his loafers at the screen, and stormed out of the room several times.
  • Then she put aside her new bobby socks and white buck loafers.
  • F ar be it from me to condemn those who decline to walk on the wild side for fear of ruining their penny loafers.
  • While carefully casual in jeans and loafers, without makeup or rings, she is poised and attractive.
  • Featured pieces include cashmere sweaters, ermine suède loafers, and a navy mohair blazer.
  • He carried a briefcase and wore a navy suit, a red tie, and loafers.
  • The neighbor with the loafers changed into full camouflage and roamed the woods with a bayonet.
British Dictionary definitions for loafers


a person who avoids work; idler
a moccasin-like shoe for casual wear
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from German Landläufer vagabond
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Word Origin and History for loafers



"idler, person who loafs," 1830, of uncertain origin (see loaf (v.)). As a type of shoe, 1937. Related: Loafers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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