adjective Date: 1677 1. untidy and dirty through habitual neglect; also careless, disorderly 2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a slut or prostitute • slatternliness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • slatternly — slatternly, dowdy, frowzy, blowsy can all mean deficient in neatness, freshness, or smartness, especially in dress or appearance. Slatternly stresses notions of slovenliness, unkemptness, and sordidness {a small, slatternly looking craft, her… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Slatternly — Slat tern*ly, a. Resembling a slattern; sluttish; negligent; dirty. adv. In a slatternly manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slatternly — [slat′ərnlē] adj. 1. having the habits of a slattern; dirty; slovenly; untidy 2. characteristic of or fit for a slattern adv. in a slatternly manner slatternliness n …   English World dictionary

  • slatternly — index sordid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • slatternly — 1670s, from SLATTERN (Cf. slattern) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • slatternly — adjective Appropriate to or characteristic of a slattern. The dismal quarter of Soho seen under these changing glimpses, with its muddy ways, and slatternly passengers, and its lamps, which had never been extinguished or had been kindled afresh… …   Wiktionary

  • slatternly — slat|tern|ly [ slætərnli ] adjective OLD FASHIONED a slatternly woman looks messy or dirty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • slatternly — UK [ˈslætə(r)nlɪ] / US [ˈslætərnlɪ] adjective old fashioned a slatternly woman looks untidy or dirty …   English dictionary

  • slatternly — slattern ► NOUN dated ▪ a dirty, untidy woman. DERIVATIVES slatternly adjective. ORIGIN related to dialect slatter «to spill or slop», of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • slatternly — slatternliness, n. /slat euhrn lee/, adj. 1. slovenly and untidy. 2. characteristic or suggestive of a slattern. adv. 3. in the manner of a slattern. [1670 80; SLATTERN + LY] * * * …   Universalium

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