ne'er-do-well


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ne'er-do-well

 (nâr′do͞o-wĕl′)
n.
An idle, irresponsible person.

ne'er′-do-well′ adj.

ne'er-do-well

n
an improvident, irresponsible, or lazy person
adj
useless; worthless: your ne'er-do-well schemes.

ne'er′-do-well`



n.
1. an idle, worthless person; good-for-nothing.
adj.
2. worthless; ineffectual; good-for-nothing.
[1730–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ne'er-do-well - an idle worthless person
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"

ne'er-do-well

noun good-for-nothing, loser, piker (Austral. & N.Z. slang), loafer, black sheep, layabout, skiver (Brit. slang), idler, wastrel, bludger (Austral. & N.Z. informal) His father was a spendthrift, an alcoholic and a ne'er-do-well.

ne'er-do-well

noun
A self-indulgent person who spends time avoiding work or other useful activity:
Slang: slouch.
Translations

ne'er-do-well

[ˈnɛədʊˌwel]
A. ADJinútil
B. Ninútil mf

ne'er-do-well

[ˈnɛəduːˌwɛl] nbuono/a a nulla
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