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[slip-shod] /ˈslɪpˌʃɒd/
careless, untidy, or slovenly:
slipshod work.
down-at-heel; seedy; shabby.
Archaic. wearing slippers or loose shoes, especially ones worn at the heel.
Origin of slipshod
First recorded in 1570-80; slip1 + shod
Related forms
slipshodness, slipshoddiness, noun
1. loose, sloppy, lax, messy. Unabridged
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  • In Paris, the slipshod condition of the army had been publicly denounced.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Sick of slipshod morality, men were sending for their wives and children.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • The slipshod Russian way of handling things gets on his nerves.

  • It's a job that cannot be done in slipshod, haphazard manner.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Nothing must be sloven or slipshod; every door, every fence, must be kept in repair.

    Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington
  • It is "that blessed word Mesopotamia" of the slipshod diagnostician.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson
  • They were far too slipshod in their methods of holding prisoners.

    The Adventures of a Boy Reporter Harry Steele Morrison
  • It is slipshod spinning which is at the bottom of this difficulty.

    The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi
  • Pete Whitney's clothing was slipshod, but that alone did not give him the air he had.

    Trading Jeff and his Dog James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for slipshod


(of an action) negligent; careless
(of a person's appearance) slovenly; down-at-heel
Derived Forms
slipshoddiness, slipshodness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from slip1 + shod
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Word Origin and History for slipshod

1570s, "wearing slippers or loose shoes," from slip (v.) + shod "wearing shoes." Sense of "slovenly, careless" is from 1815, probably from the notion of appearing like one in slippers, or whose shoes are down at the heels.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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