do-nothing

Definitions of do-nothing
  1. noun
    person who does no work
    synonyms: bum, idler, layabout, loafer
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    clock watcher
    a worker preoccupied with the arrival of quitting time
    couch potato
    an idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)
    dallier, dilly-dallier, dillydallier, lounger, mope
    someone who wastes time
    dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer
    someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
    daydreamer, woolgatherer
    someone who indulges in idle or absentminded daydreaming
    goldbrick, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, goof-off, ne'er-do-well, no-account
    an idle worthless person
    lazybones
    a lazy person
    lie-abed, slugabed
    a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour
    loon
    a worthless lazy fellow
    shirker, slacker
    a person who shirks his work or duty (especially one who tries to evade military service in wartime)
    slug, sluggard
    an idle slothful person
    spiv
    a person without employment who makes money by various dubious schemes; goes about smartly dressed and having a good time
    sunbather
    someone who basks in the sunshine in order to get a suntan
    trifler
    one who behaves lightly or not seriously
    whittler
    someone who whittles (usually as an idle pastime)
    drone
    an idler who lives off of the work of other people
    lotus-eater, stargazer
    someone indifferent to the busy world
    dreamer, escapist, wishful thinker
    a person who escapes into a world of fantasy
    goldbrick
    a soldier who performs his duties without proper care or effort
    lingerer, loiterer
    someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
    malingerer, shammer, skulker
    someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
    plodder, slowcoach, slowpoke, stick-in-the-mud
    someone who moves slowly
    potterer, putterer
    a person who putters about
    scrimshanker
    a shirker
    straggler, strayer
    someone who strays or falls behind
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    nonworker
    a person who does nothing
  2. adjective
    characterized by inability or unwillingness to work toward a goal or assume responsibility
    “a do-nothing government”
    Synonyms:
    irresponsible
    showing lack of care for consequences
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