slattern

[ slat-ern ]
/ ˈslæt ərn /

noun

a slovenly, untidy woman or girl.
a slut; harlot.

Origin of slattern

First recorded in 1630–40; perhaps akin to dial. slatter to splash, spill < ?

Word story

See slut.
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slattern

/ (ˈslætən) /

noun

a slovenly woman or girl; slut

Derived Forms

slatternly, adjectiveslatternliness, noun

Word Origin for slattern

C17: probably from slattering, from dialect slatter to slop; perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse sletta to slap
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