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[slat-ern-lee] /ˈslæt ərn li/
slovenly and untidy.
characteristic or suggestive of a slattern.
in the manner of a slattern.
Origin of slatternly
1670-80; slattern + -ly
Related forms
slatternliness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When he came fairly to his senses again he was lying in his little room and the slatternly chambermaid was looking in at him.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • slatternly women and scared children bolted for their burrows.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • A black-haired, slatternly woman in a torn and soiled apron opened the door slightly.

    The Stretton Street Affair William Le Queux
  • A slatternly female, whom I supposed to be the servant, admitted me.

    My Friend Smith Talbot Baines Reed
  • The door was scarcely closed upon her when I rang, and asked the slatternly drudge of a servant if I could see Mr. Foster.

    The Doctor's Dilemma Hesba Stretton
  • She foresaw the musty room to which she was going, the slatternly incubus of a man.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • She was just a lazy, slatternly, easy-going body, rather given to drink.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • She meant to slatternly makeshift and lightly disguised lying.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • That slatternly flap and drag of Isabelle's sandals made her mistress sick.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Throughout, electricity took the place of candles and slatternly hearth-fires.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
Word Origin and History for slatternly

1670s, from slattern + -ly (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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