• (America) IPA: /ˈslækɚ/

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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