in a hasty, haphazard manner: He assembled the motor slapdash.


hasty and careless; offhand: a slapdash answer.

Origin of slapdash

1670–80; slap1 (adv.) + dash1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of slapdash

Historical Examples of slapdash

  • There was no place here for the slapdash, smoking girl of the present day.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King

  • For to him it was intolerable to think in a hurry, to jump to slapdash decisions, to act on instincts that could not be explained.

    Queen Victoria

    Lytton Strachey

  • It is easy in a slapdash manner to lavish sarcasms on a King who presented many tempting opportunities for satire.

    Lord Chatham

    Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery

  • It stands out in contrast to American slapdash, puerile-minded pretenses at dictionary treatises on cowboy life.

  • It is too hurried and slapdash, and I may have quite different opinions after we have calmed down a bit.

British Dictionary definitions for slapdash



in a careless, hasty, or haphazard manner


careless, hasty, or haphazard


slapdash activity or work
another name for roughcast (def. 1)

Word Origin for slapdash

C17: from slap + dash 1
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Word Origin and History for slapdash

1670s, from slap (v.) + dash (v.). As an adjective, "dashing, offhand, careless," from 1792. As a noun, "rough-coat, coarse plaster," from 1796.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper