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slouch

[slouch] /slaʊtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to sit or stand with an awkward, drooping posture.
2.
to move or walk with loosely drooping body and careless gait.
3.
to have a droop or downward bend, as a hat.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to droop or bend down, as the shoulders or a hat.
noun
5.
a drooping or bending forward of the head and shoulders; an awkward, drooping posture or carriage.
6.
an awkward, clumsy, or slovenly person.
8.
a lazy, inept, or inefficient person.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; origin uncertain
Related forms
sloucher, noun
slouchingly, adverb
unslouched, adjective
unslouching, adjective
Synonyms
8. laggard, loafer, sluggard.
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Examples for slouch
  • Don't let your shoulders slump, your head droop, or your lower back slouch.
  • It takes some beef to run all the peripherals, and the handset itself is no slouch.
  • It's a tie between the gap-toothed grin framed with big ears and the round-shouldered, bowlegged slouch.
  • He moves with an athletic slouch, and his fair skin is weathered from years of island sun.
  • Their parents slouch around in hoodies and sneakers.
  • They slouch toward adulthood at an uneven, highly individual pace.
  • For every starry-eyed aspirant who succeeds, another dozen slouch off broken, physically as well as financially.
  • The model was no slouch the following year, with deliveries of more than a million cars.
  • Use body language to show interest-use eye contact and don't slouch.
  • Watch him pull out the old pipe, draw down the old slouch hat, loll around the campfire with the boys.
British Dictionary definitions for slouch

slouch

/slaʊtʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to sit or stand with a drooping bearing
2.
(intransitive) to walk or move with an awkward slovenly gait
3.
(transitive) to cause (the shoulders) to droop
noun
4.
a drooping carriage
5.
(usually used in negative constructions) (informal) an incompetent or slovenly person he's no slouch at football
Derived Forms
sloucher, noun
slouching, adjective
slouchingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slouch
slouch
1515, "lazy man," variant of slouk (1570), perhaps from O.N. slokr "lazy fellow," and related to slack on the notion of "sagging, drooping." Meaning "stooping of the head and shoulders" first recorded 1725. The verb meaning "walk with a slouch" is from 1754. Slouch hat first attested 1837.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slouch

slouch

Related Terms

no slouch


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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