Etymology
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do-nothing (n.)

"an idler," 1570s, from the verbal phrase; see do (v.) + nothing. As an adjective, "doing no work, indolent, inactive," by 1832.

updated on September 28, 2018

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Definitions of do-nothing from WordNet
1
do-nothing (n.)
person who does no work;
Synonyms: idler / loafer / layabout / bum
2
do-nothing (adj.)
characterized by inability or unwillingness to work toward a goal or assume responsibility;
a do-nothing government
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