Definition of "goldbrick" [gold•brick]

  • A person, especially a soldier, who avoids assigned duties or work; a shirker. (noun)
  • To shirk one's assigned duties or responsibilities. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cheat; swindle. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "goldbrick" in a sentence
  • "Such activities might have included producing vituperative TV ads calling a decorated-war-hero senator a goldbrick, or sponsoring hysterical Web sites accusing the president's father of being King Faisal's fifth wife."
  • "I was getting goldbrick looks from the men working at their desks, so I went back to my cubicle."
  • "Real work started to seem like a life sentence, so he dealt with it by becoming a goldbrick."