slacker

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From slack +‎ -er; compare especially slack off.

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slacker (plural slackers)

  1. One who procrastinates or is lazy.
  2. A person lacking a sense of direction in life; an underachiever.
  3. A person who seeks to avoid military service.
    • 1918 September 10, New York Times, "Take Slackers into Army",
      [S]everal hundred prisoners captured in North Jersey slacker raids last week and sent to this camp are being Inducted into military service today...
    • 1943 September 29, New York Times, "Wheeler assails Bureau 'Slackers'",
      Senator Burton K. Wheeler opened his fight in the Senate today..., raising the cry of "slackers" against deferred workers in Government establishments and industry.
  4. (very rare) A user of the Slackware Linux operating system.
  5. A member of a certain 1990s subculture associated with Generation X.

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