noun Chiefly British.

  1. a lazy or idle person; loafer.


  1. a lazy person; loafer

verb lay about

  1. (preposition, usually intr or reflexive) old-fashioned to hit out with violent and repeated blows in all directions

n.“habitual loafer,” 1932, from lay (v.) + about. One who “lays about” the house, etc.

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