ne'er-do-well

ne'er-do-well

[nair-doo-wel]
noun
1.
an idle, worthless person; a person who is ineffectual, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit; good-for-nothing.
adjective
2.
worthless; ineffectual; good-for-nothing.

Origin:
1730–40


1. idler, loafer, wastrel.
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ne'er-do-well
 
n
1.  an improvident, irresponsible, or lazy person
 
adj
2.  useless; worthless: your ne'er-do-well schemes

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ne'er-do-well
"one who is good for nothing," 1737, Scot. and northern Eng. dialect, from contraction of phrase never do well. The adj. is first recorded 1773.
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