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[slouch] /slaʊtʃ/
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.
1505-15; origin uncertain
Related forms
sloucher, noun
slouchingly, adverb
unslouched, adjective
unslouching, adjective
8. laggard, loafer, sluggard. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slouching
  • Newspapers are slouching toward oblivion, and online publications are stepping in as next-generation replacements.
  • slouching in their seats and perching their forage caps on their knees, they began to talk.
  • Sometimes too relaxed: a slouching, mumbling bartender undermines the ambience of his domain.
  • Must be able to sit all the way back on the vehicle seat without slouching.
  • slouching, looking at the ground or feet, and fidgeting make people think that you are afraid or nervous.
  • slouching may elevate both systolic and diastolic levels.
  • slouching can place an additional pressure on the back.
  • Those who form their idea of a bear's speed from watching a hulking, slouching prisoner, are sure to be amazed at the real thing.
  • Sit with their back and hips against the vehicle seat back and sit without slouching.
  • Finally, your company's product and services may have export potential even if domestic sales are slouching a bit.
British Dictionary definitions for slouching


(intransitive) to sit or stand with a drooping bearing
(intransitive) to walk or move with an awkward slovenly gait
(transitive) to cause (the shoulders) to droop
a drooping carriage
(usually used in negative constructions) (informal) an incompetent or slovenly person: he's no slouch at football
Derived Forms
sloucher, noun
slouching, adjective
slouchingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slouching



1510s, "lazy man," variant of slouk (1560s), probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse slokr "lazy fellow," and related to slack (adj.) on the notion of "sagging, drooping." Meaning "stooping of the head and shoulders" first recorded 1725. Slouch hat, made of soft material, first attested 1764.


"walk with a slouch," 1754; "have a downcast or stooped aspect," 1755; from slouch (n.). Related: Slouched; slouching (1610s as a past participle adjective; 1660s of persons, 1690s of hats).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slouching



Drunk: a youngish man in a bar, a little sloshed and pouring out his troubles to the bartender/ You'll spend the night getting sloshed on 3.2 salmon piss

[1900+; fr slosh, ''a drink,'' found by the 1880s]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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