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(do͞o′nŭth′ĭng) Informal
Offering no initiative for change, especially in politics.
An idle or lazy person.

do′-noth′ing·ism n.



1. a lazy or shiftless person.
2. characterized by inability or unwillingness to assume responsibility, work toward a goal, or the like.
do′-noth`ing•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - person who does no workdo-nothing - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"
nonworker - a person who does nothing
clock watcher - a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time
couch potato - an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)
dallier, dillydallier, dilly-dallier, lounger, mope - someone who wastes time
dawdler, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke, drone - someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
daydreamer, woolgatherer - someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming
lazybones - a lazy person
lie-abed, slugabed - a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour
loon - a worthless lazy fellow
shirker, slacker - a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
sluggard, slug - an idle slothful person
spiv - a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time
sunbather - someone who basks in the sunshine in order to get a suntan
trifler - one who behaves lightly or not seriously
whittler - someone who whittles (usually as an idle pastime) - characterized by inability or unwillingness to work toward a goal or assume responsibility; "a do-nothing government"
irresponsible - showing lack of care for consequences; "behaved like an irresponsible idiot"; "hasty and irresponsible action"


Informal. Resistant to exertion and activity:
Idiom: bone lazy.
Informal. A self-indulgent person who spends time avoiding work or other useful activity:
Informal: do-little, lazybones, slug.
Slang: slouch.


nFaulenzer(in) m(f), → Nichtstuer(in) m(f)
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So, it doesn't matter if the person running or the incumbent is a do-nothing politician who has been an officeholder for 20 to 40 years?
We'd sometimes meet with other groups of do-nothing teenagers and throw bricks at them as well.
GORDON Brown yesterday branded David Cameron "the do-nothing leader of a do-nothing party" as he defended Labour's plans to kickstart the economy.
It is understandable that Pelosi and Dean want to focus on constructive activity, considering the six long years of neglect by the do-nothing Republican Congress.
One species even has do-nothing couch potatoes among its members.