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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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