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[slat-ern-lee] /ˈslæt ərn li/
slovenly and untidy.
characteristic or suggestive of a slattern.
in the manner of a slattern.
Origin of slatternly
First recorded in 1670-80; slattern + -ly
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slatternliness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For the most part they were heavy, frowsy creatures, slatternly and uncouth.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • Minerva was a woman of pretty good sense, but of slatternly habits.

    Plantation Sketches Margaret Devereux
  • slatternly women and scared children bolted for their burrows.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • If they are slatternly and dirty, the largest cottages would not improve them.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • These were slatternly in appearance, but were very attentive and kind-hearted.

    A Girl's Ride in Iceland Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • A slatternly female, whom I supposed to be the servant, admitted me.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • So slatternly she'd gotten to be, he hardly cared to take her to bed.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • She was just a lazy, slatternly, easy-going body, rather given to drink.


    John Galsworthy
  • She foresaw the musty room to which she was going, the slatternly incubus of a man.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • He called to the slatternly woman who was crouching over the fire.

    The Intriguers William Le Queux
Word Origin and History for slatternly

1670s, from slattern + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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