Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An idle, irresponsible person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Likely never to do well; past mending.
  • noun One whose conduct indicates that he will never do well; a good-for-nothing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person who never does, or fares, well; a good for nothing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person without a means of support; an idle, worthless person; a loafer; a person who is ineffectual, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit; a good-for-nothing.
  • noun A person who is up to no good; a rogue.

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

  • noun an idle worthless person

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