I fancy my predecessor must have been a "slattern," for everything was thick with dust.
Even if you have your own work to do, there is no necessity why you should be a dowdy or a slattern.
Woe be to the hind who marries a slattern, one who likes finery and has a taste for delicacies!
Japp went up to the huts and hired a slattern to mind his house, and then drank heavily for three days to console himself.
The usual group of loafers were sitting inside chatting with a slattern behind the bar.
She's a slattern in her blood, and before the honeymoon is over she'll be slouching around in old slippers and her nightgown.
It is little encouragement to an honest man to work hard all the week, if his wages are wasted by a slattern at home.
By a slattern we mean a woman who shows lack of care and thought in clothing.
He would also have seen his slattern wife in a new dress, with her hair done up, and a new hope masked behind her stoical face.
She wur na loike th' rest o' the wenches—loud talkin' an' slattern i' her ways; she wur just quiet loike and nowt else.
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.