- 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 sloucher
- (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 sloucher
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).