What does do-nothing mean?

Definitions for do-nothingdu

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word do-nothing.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idler, loafer, do-nothing, layabout, bum(adj)

    person who does no work

    "a lazy bum"

  2. do-nothing(a)(adj)

    characterized by inability or unwillingness to work toward a goal or assume responsibility

    "a do-nothing government"


  1. do-nothing(Noun)

    A lazy person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Do-nothing(adj)

    doing nothing; inactive; idle; lazy; as, a do-nothing policy

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Do-nothing

    dōō′-nuth′ing, n. one who does nothing: a lazy or idle person: a fainéant.—ns. Do-noth′ingism, Do-noth′ingness.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of do-nothing in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of do-nothing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elbert Hubbard:

    To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

  2. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    Nothing can come out of nothing, any more than a thing can go back to nothing.

  3. John Gnatiuk:

    There's nothing on my union board. Nothing with flights and camp. Nothing I'm really qualified for.

  4. Emmanuel Macron:

    The left which does nothing, achieves nothing, the right, which did nothing and doesn't propose anything, achieves nothing. So we are moving forward.

  5. Gavin Parry:

    It's going to come down to the yen. We expect the BOJ to do nothing. So if the Fed does nothing, and the BOJ does nothing, there is nothing there for the US dollar to strengthen.

Images & Illustrations of do-nothing

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