[ 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


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 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 forms of slouch

sloucher, nounslouching, adjectiveslouchingly, adverb

Word Origin for slouch

C16: of unknown origin
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