loafer definition by Webster's New World
Origin: probably contr. ; from land-loafer ; from German landläufer, a vagabond (akin to Dutch landlooper, obsolete eastern; English landloper) ; from land, land plush laufen, to run: see leapa person who loafs; lounger; idler
Origin: < Loafer, a former trademarka moccasinlike sport shoe for informal wear
loafer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Short for obsolete land-loafer, vagabond, idler, possibly partial translation of obsolete German Landläufer, from Middle High German landlöufer : land, land + löufer, runner (from loufen, to run, from Old High German hlouffan).