What does loafer mean?

Definitions for loafer
ˈloʊ fərloafer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idler, loafer, do-nothing, layabout, bumnoun

    person who does no work

    "a lazy bum"

  2. Loafernoun

    a low leather step-in shoe; the top resembles a moccasin but it has a broad flat heel


  1. Loafernoun

    A type of shoe without laces which can be easily slipped on or off; -- originally a trademark; as, he bought a new pair of loafers.


  1. loafernoun

    An idle person.

  2. loafernoun

    A shoe with no laces, resembling a moccasin.

  3. Etymology: Perhaps short for landloafer, possibly a partial translation of German Landläufer [Cf Dial Ger loofen "to run"]; or connected to lo(o)ve, lo(o)ffinge "a remnant, the rest, that which remains or lingers" from laf. Akin to Scots lave "the rest, remainder", Old English lǣfan "to leave behind". More at leave


  1. loafer

    Slip-ons are typically low, lace-less shoes. The style which is most commonly seen, known as a loafer or slippers in American culture, has a moccasin construction. One of the first designs was introduced in London by Wildsmith Shoes, called the Wildsmith Loafer. They began as casual shoes, but have increased in popularity to the point of being worn in America with business suits. Another design was introduced as Aurlandskoen (the Aurland Shoe) in Norway (early 20th century). They are worn in many situations in a variety of colors and designs, often featuring tassels on the front, or metal decorations (the 'Gucci' loafer). A less casual, earlier type of slip-on is made with side goring (sometimes called a dress loafer). Made in the same shape as lace-up Oxfords, but lacking the laces, these shoes have elasticated inserts on the side which allow the shoe to be easily removed but remain snug when worn. This cut has its greatest popularity in Britain.


  1. loafer

    A loafer is a type of slip-on shoe with a flat heel, typically made of leather. They are often associated with casual or semi-formal attire. The term 'loafer' is also informally used to describe a lazy or idle person who avoids work or effort.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loafernoun

    one who loafs; a lazy lounger

  2. Etymology: [G. lufer a runner, Prov. G. laufer, lofer, fr. laufen to run. See Leap.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. loafer

    The man who is usually busy keeping some one else from working.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. loafer

    One who hangs about a dock, ready for every job except a hard one.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Loafer

    This word is neither Dutch nor German, as generally stated; it is distinctly Spanish-American. The early settlers of Mexico and Texas gave the name of gallofo to a vagrant, who, like the lazzaroni of Naples, hung about the churches begging for alms. From the western states this word travelled to New York, and in the process became changed into “Loafer.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loafer in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loafer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of loafer in a Sentence

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

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  • الكسولArabic
  • хайлазинBulgarian
  • Müßiggänger, FaulpelzGerman
  • holgazán, mocasín, gandul, haragánSpanish
  • louferi, tyhjäntoimittajaFinnish
  • flâneur, oisif, mocassinFrench
  • liúdramánIrish
  • आवाराHindi
  • naplopó, léhűtő, semmittevőHungarian
  • pantofel, sepatu kasualIndonesian
  • mocassinoItalian
  • ನಿಷಿದ್ಧಜನಾಂಗ್ವೀर್ಯವಂತKannada
  • loaferLatin
  • kaihau, parakūkā, inukorokoro, kaitahaumuMāori
  • leegloper, nietsnutDutch
  • vadioPortuguese
  • безде́льница, безде́льник, лоботря́с, лоботря́ска, лентя́й, лежебо́ка, ло́дырь, лентя́йкаRussian
  • lofaSwahili
  • சோம்பேறிTamil
  • לאָאַפערYiddish

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