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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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British Dictionary definitions for un-slouched

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 un-slouched

slouch

n.

1510s, "lazy man," variant of slouk (1560s), probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse slokr "lazy fellow," and related to slack (adj.) on the notion of "sagging, drooping." Meaning "stooping of the head and shoulders" first recorded 1725. Slouch hat, made of soft material, first attested 1764.

v.

"walk with a slouch," 1754; "have a downcast or stooped aspect," 1755; from slouch (n.). Related: Slouched; slouching (1610s as a past participle adjective; 1660s of persons, 1690s of hats).

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Slang definitions & phrases for un-slouched

slouch

Related Terms

no slouch


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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