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slouch

[slouch]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to sit or stand with an awkward, drooping posture.
  2. to move or walk with loosely drooping body and careless gait.
  3. to have a droop or downward bend, as a hat.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to droop or bend down, as the shoulders or a hat.
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noun
  1. a drooping or bending forward of the head and shoulders; an awkward, drooping posture or carriage.
  2. an awkward, clumsy, or slovenly person.
  3. slouch hat.
  4. a lazy, inept, or inefficient person.
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Origin of slouch

First recorded in 1505–15; origin uncertain
Related formsslouch·er, nounslouch·ing·ly, adverbun·slouched, adjectiveun·slouch·ing, adjective

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8. laggard, loafer, sluggard.
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Examples from the Web for slouched

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Historical Examples

  • Viviette asked, as soon as Dick had slouched away in search of his brother.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • He slouched slightly in his gait, like the heavy man accustomed to the saddle.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • He swung on one heel and slouched out, as Betty turned to go upstairs.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Murphy cast one despairing glance about him and slouched to his undoing.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • He slouched and shuffled in his walk, and he was unspeakably dirty.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for slouched

slouch

verb
  1. (intr) to sit or stand with a drooping bearing
  2. (intr) to walk or move with an awkward slovenly gait
  3. (tr) to cause (the shoulders) to droop
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noun
  1. a drooping carriage
  2. (usually used in negative constructions) informal an incompetent or slovenly personhe's no slouch at football
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Derived Formssloucher, nounslouching, adjectiveslouchingly, adverb

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slouched

slouch

n.

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.

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slouch

v.

"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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