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.
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ne'er-do-well

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



n.
1. an idle, worthless person; good-for-nothing.
adj.
2. worthless; ineffectual; good-for-nothing.
[1730–40]
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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"
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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.
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ne'er-do-well

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

ne'er-do-well

[ˈnɛədʊˌwel]
A. ADJinútil
B. Ninútil mf
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ne’er-do-well

(dated)
nTunichtgut m, → Taugenichts m (dated)
adjnichtsnutzig
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ne'er-do-well

[ˈnɛəduːˌwɛl] nbuono/a a nulla
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References in classic literature ?
"It means, to my thinking," said Levin, who was beginning to get warm, "that among eighty millions of people there can always be found not hundreds, as now, but tens of thousands of people who have lost caste, ne'er-do-wells, who are always ready to go anywhere--to Pogatchev's bands, to Khiva, to Serbia..."
"I tell you that it's not a case of hundreds or of ne'er-do-wells, but the best representatives of the people!" said Sergey Ivanovitch, with as much irritation as if he were defending the last penny of his fortune.
Otherwise she must have believed them the most hopeless assortment of reprobates and ne'er-do-wells in the world, with veritable slaves and martyrs for wives.
Similarly, the low-comedy subplot involving the humiliation of Olivia's stuffy steward Malvolio by her housemaid Maria, her drunken relative Sir Toby Belch, and the ne'er-do-well Sir Andrew Aguecheek takes on darker tones than usual.
Too often the spotlight is on the ne'er-do-well thug element of our youth but these three youngsters are a shining example of the many thousands of thoughtful up-and-coming citizens out there, who get on quietly with their lives without the need to bother,harass or harm others.
A ne'er-do-well young man decides that boredom and apathy are all they're cracked up to be, but when it comes down to it sometimes you gotta hit the road.
Marc, alas, pines for a dashing ne'er-do-well neighbor named David (Hugh Panaro, who has a Warren Beatty thing going on).
Many thought she was a scrounging ne'er-do-well, but she's really a budding Vivienne Westwood who can turn out lucrative designs at the drop of a hat.
The 50-year-old ne'er-do-well royal claimed Americans "don't understand geography" and that is hardly going to boost trans-Pacific relations between us and them.
"But I believe bringing these things into the light of day is the best way to make the ne'er-do-wells who are doing this stop."
With news breaking that Facebook has been using the personal data of its users for dubious political purposes and how easy it is for ne'er-do-wells to skim information off people's mobile phones and the fact that the Russian government trying to gain access to the encrypted Telegram messaging service the time is right to consider using coded messages to communicate with friends.
THEY are the Brummie miscreants and ne'er-do-wells whose faces may well have been lost to history.