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Meaning of ne'er-do-well

ne'er-do-well

Pronunciation: (nâr'd-wel"), [key]
— n.
  1. an idle, worthless person; a person who is ineffectual, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit; good-for-nothing.
—adj.
  1. worthless; ineffectual; good-for-nothing.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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