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slattern

[slat-ern] /ˈslæt ərn/
noun
1.
a slovenly, untidy woman or girl.
2.
a slut; harlot.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; perhaps akin to dial. slatter to splash, spill < ?
Word story
See slut.
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British Dictionary definitions for slat tern

slattern

/ˈslætən/
noun
1.
a slovenly woman or girl; slut
Derived Forms
slatternly, adjective
slatternliness, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from slattering, from dialect slatter to slop; perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse sletta to slap
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Word Origin and History for slat tern
slattern
1639, "a rude, ill-bred woman," probably related to Low Ger. Slattje, Du. slodder, dialectal Sw. slata "slut" (in the older, non-sexual sense). Cf. dial. Eng. verb slatter "to spill or splash awkwardly, to waste," used of women or girls considered untidy or slovenly.
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