from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An idle, irresponsible person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A person who is up to no good; a rogue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person who never does, or fares, well; a good for nothing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Likely never to do well; past mending.
- n. One whose conduct indicates that he will never do well; a good-for-nothing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an idle worthless person
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In some ways his performance in The Kids Are All Right is a sequel of sorts to the role that first brought him to Hollywood's attention, as Laura Linney's ne'er-do-well brother in the 2000 indie hit You Can Count On Me.
Researchers gave 105 students at the University of British Columbia a description of a generic ne'er-do-well—for example, he finds a wallet on the street, takes the cash and tosses the wallet.
If securities regulators across the nation work together more effectively, Mr. Borg adds, they could reverse the traditional calculation by ne'er-do-well securities firms and brokers that "the reward has always outweighed the risk, even on bad products."
"We'll see that he's the kind of ne'er-do-well who will bring his 12-year-old daughter on a bounty-hunting expedition."
Ed Norton stars in this film about twin brothers -- one a professor at Brown University, the other a redneck -- who come back together in Oklahoma when the ne'er-do-well, marijuana-dealing brother is implicated in a criminal matter.
However, we still hadn't found an actress for the peach role of the nutty, born-again aunt who tries to run everyone's life, particularly her ne'er-do-well son's, by using literal advice taken straight from her Bible.
You can hear it in the tight-lipped anguish of Lady Hester Collyer, the suicidal heroine of "The Deep Blue Sea," who has left her proper husband for a ne'er-do-well test pilot.
He connected to dots on how Howard Hughes secretly funneled cash to Nixon's ne'er-do-well brother Donald (who dreamed of starting a "Nixonburgers" fast-food chain).
Besides, had not her own cousin, -- though a remote and distant one to be sure, the black sheep, the harum-scarum, the ne'er-do-well, -- had not he come down out of that weird North country with a hundred thousand in yellow dust, to say nothing of a half-ownership in the hole from which it came?
Second is Bellamy's half-brother, Jacques (Clovis Cornillac), a ne'er-do-well who's temporarily tapped out, apparently not an uncommon situation with him.