from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch form of ne'er-do-well.


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  • Along with copious quantities of cat pee, since some furry ne'er-do-weel has apparently decided this was an alternate litter box, sans litter.

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  • Captain Stephen was a ne'er-do-weel, apparently, and had drained his benevolent brother of hundreds and thousands; forced him to fly from fashionable life and live quietly in this retreat.

    The Father Brown Omnibus

  • Washington Irving has made us so familiar, the ne'er-do-weel Rip wanders off into the Kaatskill Mountains with his dog and gun in order to escape from his wife's scolding tongue.

    Queen Victoria

  • Wilkins, Reginald learnt that Sarah Wilkins had been the only daughter of his brother, that she had married a ne'er-do-weel of the name of

    Wikkey A Scrap

  • As he was an utter ne'er-do-weel, the parish priest justly considered him unfit for the situation, and brought from a neighbouring county a schoolmaster highly recommended by the National Convention.

    The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent

  • The scholar working for a prize, the writer or speaker resolving to make a name, the man of business pressing onward past the indolent and the ne'er-do-weel, are not to be condemned, so long as they seek lawful objects by lawful means.

    Men of the Bible; Some Lesser-Known Characters

  • The son being rather a "ne'er-do-weel," his having got into some scrape was not improbable; but that he should have committed murder, and been tried and sentenced without anybody hearing of it seemed impossible.

    India and the Indians

  • The white park-gate is held wide open by a poor ne'er-do-weel in a shabby old red coat -- John Ellis by name.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880 of Popular Literature and Science

  • Now, the lawyer has just received a letter from this young ne'er-do-weel, who wants to borrow money.

    The Romance Of Giovanni Calvotti From Coals Of Fire And Other Stories, Volume II. (of III.)

  • She lost her mother when she were eight, and I mothered her after, for her father were a proper ne'er-do-weel, and were always moving from one ranch to another.

    'Me and Nobbles'


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