- Ne'er do well is a person or thing that is no good, that is not capable or not willing to do what is expected or proper.
An example of a ne'er do well is a guy who just won't get a job or do anything productive with his life.
ne'er-do-well definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
a person who never does anything worthwhile; one who cannot make a living, get things done, etc.
lazy, inadequate, etc.
ne'er-do-well definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An idle, irresponsible person.
- ne'erˈ-do-wellˌ adjective