[ slat-ern-lee ]
See synonyms for slatternly on
  1. slovenly and untidy.

  2. characteristic or suggestive of a slattern.

  1. in the manner of a slattern.

Origin of slatternly

First recorded in 1670–80; slattern + -ly

Other words from slatternly

  • slat·tern·li·ness, noun

Words Nearby slatternly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slatternly in a sentence

  • He fell upon Mrs. Buttershaw, a slatternly and sour-visaged woman, and hurled at her a tornado of questions.

  • She needed the grooming––this neglected, listless, slatternly old maid of a craft.

  • He had heard much of the slatternly women of the hills, women who bore drudgery and children, and early became hags.

    The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
  • The slatternly servant, who could speak only "Mex," had got no supper ready.

    The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • After a little time a tall slatternly woman came to the door and looked sleepily out.

    The Slave of Silence | Fred M. White