slovenly and untidy.
characteristic or suggestive of a slattern.


in the manner of a slattern.

Origin of slatternly

First recorded in 1670–80; slattern + -ly
Related formsslat·tern·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slatternly

Historical Examples of slatternly

  • For the most part they were heavy, frowsy creatures, slatternly and uncouth.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Minerva was a woman of pretty good sense, but of slatternly habits.

    Plantation Sketches

    Margaret Devereux

  • Slatternly women and scared children bolted for their burrows.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • If they are slatternly and dirty, the largest cottages would not improve them.

    The Toilers of the Field

    Richard Jefferies

  • These were slatternly in appearance, but were very attentive and kind-hearted.

    A Girl's Ride in Iceland

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie

Word Origin and History for slatternly

1670s, from slattern + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper