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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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  • To work with slattern hand is a degradation of manhood.
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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 slattern
n.

1630s, "a woman negligent or disordered in her dress or household," of uncertain origin, probably related to Low German Slattje, Dutch slodder, dialectal Swedish slata "slut" (in the older, non-sexual sense; cf. slut). Cf. dialectal English verb slatter "to spill or splash awkwardly, to waste," used of women or girls considered untidy or slovenly.

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