Origin of loaferprobably contr. ; from land-loafer ; from German landläufer, a vagabond (akin to Dutch landlooper, obsolete eastern; English landloper) ; from land, land + laufen, to run: see leap a person who loafs; lounger; idler
Origin of loafer< Loafer, a former trademark a moccasinlike sport shoe for informal wear
Origin of loaferShort for obsolete land-loafer, vagabond, idler, possibly partial translation of obsolete German Landl&adie;ufer, from Middle High German landl&odie;ufer : land, land + l&odie;ufer, runner (from loufen, to run, from Old High German hlouffan).
Perhaps short for landloafer, possibly a partial translation of German LandlÃ¤ufer [Cf Dial Ger loofen "to run"]; or connected to Middle English lo(o)ve, lo(o)ffinge "a remnant, the rest, that which remains or lingers" from Old English lÄf (â€œremainder, residue, what is leftâ€). Akin to Scots lave "the rest, remainder", Old English lÇ£fan "to leave behind". More at leave