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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who shirks work or responsibility: "In terms of their outlook on the future, slackers regard tomorrow with a studied cynicism or . . . don't even conceive of one” ( Julie Caniglia).
  • n. One who tries to evade military service in wartime; a draft dodger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who procrastinates or is lazy.
  • n. A person lacking a sense of direction in life; an underachiever.
  • n. A person who seeks to avoid military service.
  • n. A user of Slackware Linux, a type of application software.
  • n. A member of a certain 1990s subculture associated with Generation X.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)

Etymologies

From slack +‎ -er; compare especially slack off. (Wiktionary)

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  • "One who avoids or neglects a duty or responsibility; specif., a person who shirks a duty or obligation to his country, esp. in time of war, as by attempting to evade military service."

    December 14, 2006