Loafer meaning

lō'fər
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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A person who loafs; lounger; idler.
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A moccasinlike shoe for informal wear.
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An idle person.
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(trademark) A shoe with no laces, resembling a moccasin.
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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