[ slouch ]
/ slaʊtʃ /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to droop or bend down, as the shoulders or a hat.



Origin of slouch

First recorded in 1505–15; origin uncertain

Related forms

slouch·er, nounslouch·ing·ly, adverbun·slouched, adjectiveun·slouch·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slouch

British Dictionary definitions for slouch


/ (slaʊtʃ) /


(intr) to sit or stand with a drooping bearing
(intr) to walk or move with an awkward slovenly gait
(tr) to cause (the shoulders) to droop


a drooping carriage
(usually used in negative constructions) informal an incompetent or slovenly personhe's no slouch at football

Derived Forms

sloucher, nounslouching, adjectiveslouchingly, adverb

Word Origin for slouch

C16: of unknown origin
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