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slouch

[slouch] /slaʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to sit or stand with an awkward, drooping posture.
2.
to move or walk with loosely drooping body and careless gait.
3.
to have a droop or downward bend, as a hat.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to droop or bend down, as the shoulders or a hat.
noun
5.
a drooping or bending forward of the head and shoulders; an awkward, drooping posture or carriage.
6.
an awkward, clumsy, or slovenly person.
8.
a lazy, inept, or inefficient person.
Origin of slouch
1505-1515
1505-15; origin uncertain
Related forms
sloucher, noun
slouchingly, adverb
unslouched, adjective
unslouching, adjective
Synonyms
8. laggard, loafer, sluggard.
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  • Their backs are slouched, and their legs are curved with much standing about.

  • By twos and threes they slouched away, trying to look unconcerned.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • With its head lower than its shoulders, and its long tail twitching, it slouched down the path, treading as softly as a kitten.

  • He was there in working clothes, in slouched hat, with no collar.

    Booker T. Washington Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
  • I knew her at once, in spite of the grey Spanish (man's) hat she wore, slouched over her face.

  • He had just time to slip behind a great pine when Thomas slouched into view.

  • "I'll be up town to see Mr. Wheaton in a day or two," he declared, as he slouched through the door.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for slouched

slouch

/slaʊtʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to sit or stand with a drooping bearing
2.
(intransitive) to walk or move with an awkward slovenly gait
3.
(transitive) to cause (the shoulders) to droop
noun
4.
a drooping carriage
5.
(usually used in negative constructions) (informal) an incompetent or slovenly person: he's no slouch at football
Derived Forms
sloucher, noun
slouching, adjective
slouchingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slouched

slouch

n.

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.

v.

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slouched

slouch

Related Terms

no slouch

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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