archaic a slovenly or worthless person

Nearby words

  1. sloyd,
  2. slr,
  3. slsc,
  4. slub,
  5. slubber,
  6. sludge,
  7. sludgeworm,
  8. sludging,
  9. sludgy,
  10. slue

Word Origin for slubberdegullion

C17: from slubber (chiefly dialect variant of slobber) + invented ending

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Word Origin and History for slubberdegullion



"a slobbering or dirty fellow, a worthless sloven," 1610s, from slubber "to daub, smear; behave carelessly or negligently" (1520s), probably from Dutch or Low German (cf. slobber (v.)). Second element appears to be an attempt to imitate French; or perhaps it is French, related to Old French goalon "a sloven." Century Dictionary speculates the -de- means "insignificant" or else is from hobbledehoy.

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