[ slouch ]
/ slaʊtʃ /
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verb (used without object)
to sit or stand with an awkward, drooping posture.
to move or walk with loosely drooping body and careless gait.
to have a droop or downward bend, as a hat.
verb (used with object)
to cause to droop or bend down, as the shoulders or a hat.
a drooping or bending forward of the head and shoulders; an awkward, drooping posture or carriage.
an awkward, clumsy, or slovenly person.
a lazy, inept, or inefficient person.
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Origin of slouch
First recorded in 1505–15; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM slouchsloucher, nounslouch·ing·ly, adverbun·slouched, adjectiveun·slouch·ing, adjective
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How to use slouch in a sentence
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.The Shadow of the Rope|E. W. Hornung
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
/ (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 slouchsloucher, nounslouching, adjectiveslouchingly, adverb
Word Origin for slouch
C16: of unknown origin
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