slattern

[slat-ern]
noun
1.
a slovenly, untidy woman or girl.
2.
a slut; harlot.

Origin:
1630–40; perhaps akin to dial. slatter to splash, spill < ?


See slut.
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slattern (ˈslætən)
 
n
a slovenly woman or girl; slut
 
[C17: probably from slattering, from dialect slatter to slop; perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse sletta to slap]
 
'slatternly
 
adj
 
'slatternliness
 
n

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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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Example sentences
To work with slattern hand is a degradation of manhood.
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