[ slouch ]
/ slaʊtʃ /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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


Nearby words

  1. sloth bear,
  2. slothful,
  3. slothfully,
  4. slotted spoon,
  5. slotter,
  6. slouch hat,
  7. slouchy,
  8. slough,
  9. slough off,
  10. slovak

Origin of slouch

First recorded in 1505–15; origin uncertain

Related formsslouch·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 sloucher

  • The sloucher took up his quart, and said that he saw "no call" to hurry.

    Wood Magic|Richard Jefferies
  • 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 sloucher


/ (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 Formssloucher, nounslouching, adjectiveslouchingly, adverb

Word Origin for slouch

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for sloucher
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