from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is habitually idle: disliked loafers on the job.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An idle person.
- n. A shoe with no laces, resembling a moccasin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who loafs; a lazy lounger.
- n. A type of shoe without laces which can be easily slipped on or off; -- originally a trademark.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An idle man, lounger, or aimless stroller, of whatever social condition; specifically, one who is too lazy to work or pursue regular business, and lounges about, depending upon chance or disreputable means for subsistence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a low leather step-in shoe; the top resembles a moccasin but it has a broad flat heel
- n. person who does no work
Short for obsolete land-loafer, vagabond, idler, possibly partial translation of obsolete German Landläufer, from Middle High German landlöufer : land, land + löufer, runner (from loufen, to run, from Old High German hlouffan).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps short for landloafer, possibly a partial translation of German Landläufer [Cf Dial Ger loofen "to run"]; or connected to Middle English lo(o)ve, lo(o)ffinge "a remnant, the rest, that which remains or lingers" from Old English lāf ("remainder, residue, what is left"). Akin to Scots lave "the rest, remainder", Old English lǣfan "to leave behind". More at leave (Wiktionary)