- to sit or stand with an awkward, drooping posture.
- to move or walk with loosely drooping body and careless gait.
- to have a droop or downward bend, as a hat.
- to cause to droop or bend down, as the shoulders or a hat.
- a drooping or bending forward of the head and shoulders; an awkward, drooping posture or carriage.
- an awkward, clumsy, or slovenly person.
- slouch hat.
- a lazy, inept, or inefficient person.
Origin of slouch
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Examples from the Web for slouch
The rest of the country is no slouch when it comes to solar, either.It’s Always Sunny In England
The Daily Beast
September 17, 2014
Feinstein, no slouch himself in the wunderkind department, began his career at the age of 20, working for Ira Gershwin.Is Nick Ziobro the Next Frank Sinatra?
July 19, 2014
And the veteran comedy writer, 52, is no slouch when it comes to getting laughs.
Gordon, mohawked and heavily tattooed, is no slouch, either.UMass’ Derrick Gordon Makes History as the First Openly Gay Player in DI Men’s College Basketball
April 10, 2014
I slouch back in my office chair, breathe deeply, and stare up at the ceiling trying to regain my composure.After War: Anger, Panic, and Sometimes Peace
June 26, 2013
He fled with all his speed, and Jim was no slouch of a runner.Frontier Boys in Frisco
But, as I've said, with no false modesty, I'm no slouch in my field of biochemistry.Revenge
"She's no slouch of a scribe neither," continued Corbin animatedly.
Then who is it in the fancy dress, with slouch 'ats an' feathers on?
He was no slouch himself when it came to putting on the mitts.The Place of Honeymoons
- (intr) to sit or stand with a drooping bearing
- (intr) to walk or move with an awkward slovenly gait
- (tr) to cause (the shoulders) to droop
- a drooping carriage
- (usually used in negative constructions) informal an incompetent or slovenly personhe's no slouch at football
Word Origin and History for slouch
1510s, "lazy man," variant of slouk (1560s), probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse slokr "lazy fellow," and related to slack (adj.) on the notion of "sagging, drooping." Meaning "stooping of the head and shoulders" first recorded 1725. Slouch hat, made of soft material, first attested 1764.
"walk with a slouch," 1754; "have a downcast or stooped aspect," 1755; from slouch (n.). Related: Slouched; slouching (1610s as a past participle adjective; 1660s of persons, 1690s of hats).