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slacker

[slak-er] /ˈslæk ər/
noun
1.
a person who evades his or her duty or work; shirker.
2.
a person who evades military service.
3.
an especially educated young person who is antimaterialistic, purposeless, apathetic, and usually works in a dead-end job.
Origin
1790-1800; slack1 + -er1; def. 3 popularized by the film Slackers (1991)
Synonyms
1. malingerer, dodger, laggard.
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British Dictionary definitions for slackers

slacker

/ˈslækə/
noun
1.
a person who evades work or duty; shirker
2.
(informal)
  1. an educated young adult characterized by cynicism and apathy
  2. (as modifier): slacker culture
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Word Origin and History for slackers

slacker

n.

popularized 1994, but the meaning "person who shirks work" dates to 1897; agent noun from slack (v.). In early use also slackster (1901). Cf. Old English sleacornes "laziness," which is not, however, an agent noun. Related: Slackerly; slackerish.

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Slang definitions & phrases for slackers

slacker

modifier

: this lame ''slacker'' attitude a la Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High

noun

An indolent and detached person; shirker; idler: The epitome of the slang-slinging, wise-cracking slacker (1898+)

[revived in the 1990s to describe a sort of cultural anomie]


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