I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1515 1. a. an awkward fellow ; lout b. one that is unimpressive; especially a lazy or incompetent person — used in negative constructions <
was no slouch at cooking
2. a gait or posture characterized by an ungainly stooping of the head and shoulders or excessive relaxation of body muscles II. verb Date: 1754 intransitive verb 1. to walk, stand, or sit with a slouch ; assume a slouch 2. droop 3. to go or move slowly or reluctantly transitive verb to cause to droop <
slouched his shoulders
sloucher noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • slouch — [slouch] n. [< ? dial. slouk, a lazy fellow < ON slōkr < slōka, to hang down, droop < IE * (s)leug , var. of base * (s)leu , to hang limply > SLUG1, SLEET ] ☆ 1. a) a person who is awkward or lazy b) Informal a person who is… …   English World dictionary

  • slouch — 1510s, lazy man, variant of slouk (1570), perhaps from O.N. slokr lazy fellow, and related to SLACK (Cf. slack) on the notion of sagging, drooping. Meaning stooping of the head and shoulders first recorded 1725. The verb meaning walk with a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Slouch — Slouch, n. [Cf. Icel. sl?kra slouching felloew, and E. slack, slug, a lazy fellow.] 1. A hanging down of the head; a drooping attitude; a limp appearance; an ungainly, clownish gait; a sidewise depression or hanging down, as of a hat brim. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slouch — Slouch, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Slouched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slouching}.] 1. To droop, as the head. [1913 Webster] 2. To walk in a clumsy, lazy manner. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slouch — Slouch, v. t. To cause to hang down; to depress at the side; as, to slouth the hat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slouch — ► VERB 1) stand, move, or sit in a lazy, drooping way. 2) dated bend one side of the brim of (a hat) downwards. ► NOUN 1) a lazy, drooping posture or movement. 2) informal an incompetent person: he was no slouch at making a buck. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • slouch — [v] slump over be lazy, bend, bow, crouch, droop, lean, loaf, loll, lounge, sag, stoop, wilt; concepts 154,201 Ant. straighten …   New thesaurus

  • slouch — [[t]sla͟ʊtʃ[/t]] slouches, slouching, slouched 1) VERB If someone slouches, they sit or stand with their shoulders and head bent so they look lazy and unattractive. Try not to slouch when you are sitting down... [V prep/adv] She has recently… …   English dictionary

  • slouch — slouch1 [slautʃ] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from a [i]Scandinavian language] to stand, sit, or walk with a slouch slouch back/against/in etc ▪ Jimmy slouched back in his chair. ▪ She slouched across the living room. slouch 2 slouch2 n 1 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • slouch — slouch1 [ slautʃ ] verb intransitive to sit, walk, or stand with your shoulders bent forward and your head low so that you look lazy: Don t slouch stand up straight. slouch slouch 2 [ slautʃ ] noun singular a lazy way of sitting, walking, or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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