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[slip-shod] /ˈslɪpˌʃɒd/
careless, untidy, or slovenly:
slipshod work.
down-at-heel; seedy; shabby.
Archaic. wearing slippers or loose shoes, especially ones worn at the heel.
Origin of slipshod
1570-80; slip1 + shod
Related forms
slipshodness, slipshoddiness, noun
1. loose, sloppy, lax, messy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slipshod
  • Even more alarming were the slipshod industrial practices and lax regulatory oversight that allowed it to happen.
  • Small firms with slipshod standards are being replaced by bigger, better ones.
  • Despite the owner's presence, service can be a bit slipshod.
  • Police departments' own internal investigations are secretive or slipshod.
  • Sometimes the problem leaves the sentence merely awkward or slipshod.
  • The little-noted measure suddenly gained attention amid questions about some big lenders' slipshod bookkeeping.
  • And that desire to believe supersedes the slipshod nature of the fabrication.
  • Haste can make you slipshod, but it can never make you graceful.
  • Our recruiting efforts have been painfully slipshod.
  • We cannot afford to be slipshod or to cut corners in the process.
British Dictionary definitions for slipshod


(of an action) negligent; careless
(of a person's appearance) slovenly; down-at-heel
Derived Forms
slipshoddiness, slipshodness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from slip1 + shod
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Word Origin and History for slipshod

1570s, "wearing slippers or loose shoes," from slip (v.) + shod "wearing shoes." Sense of "slovenly, careless" is from 1815, probably from the notion of appearing like one in slippers, or whose shoes are down at the heels.

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