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 slouch" is from 1754. Slouch hat first attested 1837.

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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|y — «SLOW chee», adjective, slouch|i|er, slouch|i|est. slouching awkwardly; carelessly untidy; slovenly …   Useful english 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|er — «SLOW chuhr», noun. a person who slouches, or walks with a slouching gait …   Useful english dictionary

  • slouch|i|ly — «SLOW chuh lee», adverb. in a slouchy manner …   Useful english dictionary

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