- a slovenly, untidy woman or girl.
- a slut; harlot.
Origin of slattern
Examples from the Web for slattern
It is true that Nanny was a slattern, but only because she married into slavery.A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
From her I learned that because one is an actress it is not necessary to be a slattern.Ten American Girls From History
Kate Dickinson Sweetser
It was still early in the day and there was something of the slattern in her dragging gown.Doom Castle
It seemed to her that they would mock her as the slattern had mocked her, should she appeal to them.'Drag' Harlan
Charles Alden Seltzer
I took a sort of hate against her, she was such a slattern and so inquisitive.A Book of Ghosts
- a slovenly woman or girl; slut
Word Origin and History for slattern
1630s, "a woman negligent or disordered in her dress or household," of uncertain origin, probably related to Low German Slattje, Dutch slodder, dialectal Swedish slata "slut" (in the older, non-sexual sense; cf. slut). Cf. dialectal English verb slatter "to spill or splash awkwardly, to waste," used of women or girls considered untidy or slovenly.