from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who shams illness, especially for the purpose of shirking work or avoiding duty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun In the army, a soldier who feigns himself sick, or who induces or protracts an illness, in order to avoid doing his duty; hence, in general, one who shirks his duty by pretending illness or inability.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A person who
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity
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As a globe-trotting malingerer, I have always enjoyed returning from a jaunt abroad with fresh support for popular American stereotypes about foreigners.
The word “malingerer” popped into his head, but he tried to put it out of his mind.
In 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jagr had won two Stanley Cups by the time he had turned 21 and he admittedly became spoiled with the trappings of super-stardom—earning him a reputation as a malingerer.
Bill Shankly had little patience or sympathy for injured footballers and once called Chris Lawler a "malingerer" when a thigh strain in 1971 restricted the full-back to light training after he had made more than 300 appearances in succession for Liverpool.
It made R. feel even more awful that he knew people suspected him of being a malingerer - the very last person you'd have had the right to accuse of being work-shy.
I am not usually a hypochondriac, or a malingerer, I'm glad to say.
The Knicks -- the laughing stock, the abyss of the NBA -- got a new coach who cleaned house and courageously, in a principled manner benched the team's top malingerer, Stephon Marbury.
They made him feel like a malingerer for complaining about his back pain, he says, and "they pretty much classified me as a dirt bag."
Roy was, at best a malingerer, and a worst a party crasher.
So it was that a decorated war hero with two tours of combat duty becomes a malingerer and a braggert.