- Rhymes: -əʊfə(r)
Perhaps short for landloafer, possibly a partial translation of German Landläufer (compare dialectal German loofen "to run"); or connected to Middle English lo(o)ve, lo(o)ffinge "a remnant, the rest, that which remains or lingers" from Old English lāf (“remainder, residue, what is left”). Akin to Scots lave "the rest, remainder", Old English lǣfan "to leave behind". More at leave.
loafer (plural loafers)
- (idle person): bum, bumpkin, footler, idler, lout, yob, yobbo
- (footwear): penny loafer
- See also Wikisaurus:idler