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DO-NOTHING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does do-nothing mean? 

DO-NOTHING (noun)
  The noun DO-NOTHING has 1 sense:

1. person who does no work

  Familiarity information: DO-NOTHING used as a noun is very rare.


DO-NOTHING (adjective)
  The adjective DO-NOTHING has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: DO-NOTHING used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DO-NOTHING (noun)


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Meaning:

Person who does no work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

do-nothing; idler; layabout; loafer; bum

Context example:

a lazy bum

Hypernyms ("do-nothing" is a kind of...):

nonworker (a person who does nothing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "do-nothing"):

clock watcher (a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time)

trifler (one who behaves lightly or not seriously)

sunbather (someone who basks in the sunshine in order to get a suntan)

spiv (a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time)

slug; sluggard (an idle slothful person)

shirker; slacker (a person who shirks their work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime))

loon (a worthless lazy fellow)

lie-abed; slugabed (a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour)

lazybones (a lazy person)

goldbrick; good-for-naught; good-for-nothing; goof-off; ne'er-do-well; no-account (an idle worthless person)

daydreamer; woolgatherer (someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming)

dawdler; drone; laggard; lagger; poke; trailer (someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind)

dallier; dilly-dallier; dillydallier; lounger; mope (someone who wastes time)

couch potato (an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television))

whittler (someone who whittles (usually as an idle pastime))


DO-NOTHING (adjective)


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Meaning:

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

Context example:

a do-nothing government

Similar:

irresponsible (showing lack of care for consequences)


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