- 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 slouched
Crawford was arrested as he slouched in his truck with multiple wounds to his chest.Mike McLelland Investigation Focuses on Those the D.A. Prosecuted
April 3, 2013
He slouched in his chair, clutching a crumpled charcoal blazer in his arms, and kept fidgeting.Van der Sloot Hints in Court that He Might Plead Guilty to Murder
January 7, 2012
Though I did spot one man looking rather miserable, slouched in his seat, already checking his watch.Way Too Cute
May 6, 2010
Viviette asked, as soon as Dick had slouched away in search of his brother.
He slouched slightly in his gait, like the heavy man accustomed to the saddle.
He swung on one heel and slouched out, as Betty turned to go upstairs.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Murphy cast one despairing glance about him and slouched to his undoing.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
He slouched and shuffled in his walk, and he was unspeakably dirty.St. Martin's Summer
- (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 slouched
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).