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slouch

[ slouch ]
/ slaʊtʃ /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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

noun

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Origin of slouch

First recorded in 1505–15; origin uncertain
sloucher, nounslouch·ing·ly, adverbun·slouched, adjectiveun·slouch·ing, adjective
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  • The sloucher took up his quart, and said that he saw "no call" to hurry.

    Wood Magic|Richard Jefferies
  • Here and there was a perennial type, the pale actor with soft hat and blue-black chin, the ragged sloucher from park to park.

  • This wizard beast,” said he, “is nimble and without doubt no sloucher; I can either ride or sell him.

    The Legend of Ulenspiegel|Charles de Coster

British Dictionary definitions for slouch

slouch
/ (slaʊtʃ) /

verb

(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

noun

a drooping carriage
(usually used in negative constructions) informal an incompetent or slovenly personhe's no slouch at football
sloucher, nounslouching, adjectiveslouchingly, adverb
C16: of unknown origin
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