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 formsslouch·er, nounslouch·ing·ly, adverbun·slouched, adjectiveun·slouch·ing, adjective

Synonyms for slouch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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 Formssloucher, nounslouching, adjectiveslouchingly, adverb

Word Origin for slouch

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slouch

1510s, "lazy man," variant of slouk (1560s), probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse slokr "lazy fellow," and related to slack (adj.) on the notion of "sagging, drooping." Meaning "stooping of the head and shoulders" first recorded 1725. Slouch hat, made of soft material, first attested 1764.


"walk with a slouch," 1754; "have a downcast or stooped aspect," 1755; from slouch (n.). Related: Slouched; slouching (1610s as a past participle adjective; 1660s of persons, 1690s of hats).

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