Loafer definition

lōfər
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A moccasinlike shoe for informal wear.
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A person who loafs; lounger; idler.
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An idle person.
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(trademark) A shoe with no laces, resembling a moccasin.
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One who is habitually idle.

Disliked loafers on the job.

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A trademark for a low leather step-in shoe with an upper resembling a moccasin but with a broad, flat heel.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
loafer
Plural:
loafers

Origin of loafer

  • 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps short for landloafer, possibly a partial translation of German Landläufer [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 lāf (“remainder, residue, what is left"). Akin to Scots lave "the rest, remainder", Old English lÇ£fan "to leave behind". More at leave

    From Wiktionary