- an idle, worthless person; a person who is ineffectual, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit; good-for-nothing.
- worthless; ineffectual; good-for-nothing.
- an improvident, irresponsible, or lazy person
- useless; worthlessyour ne’er-do-well schemes
n.“one who is good for nothing,” 1737, Scottish and northern English dialect, from contraction of phrase never do well. The adjective is first recorded 1773.