slapdash was our Word of the Day on 10/26/2017. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of slapdash in a Sentence
the investigation of the charges against the mayor was slapdash and not very thorough
Recent Examples of slapdash from the Web
The Seattle Times reported Monday that education advocates remain worried that a slapdash McCleary deal won’t go far enough to help Washington’s students.
The legendary vintage scene at Portobello Road Market, stretching from Golborne Road to Westbourne Grove, gave birth to the seemingly slapdash high-low mix that defines good street style to this day.
Inovo ultimately paid the Flynn Intel Group only $530,000 and received little more than slapdash research and a comically inept attempt to make an anti-Gulen video, which was never completed.
As for Congress — well, just consider the shambolic attempt at health-care reform this summer, the bizarre slapdash procession of bills designed to skirt or exploit every procedure in the books.
Mexico’s newer culture of safety has not fully replaced slapdash practices rooted in corruption and weak rule of law.
But what's extraordinary about Republicans' many attempts to repeal the law this year is how slapdash the process has been.
Amateur psychologists everywhere are grappling with the sudden viability of this slapdash piece of legislation that seems to fail so many of the policy tests Republicans set for themselves in earlier debates over how to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Just ask part-time Manhattanite Selena Gomez, whose flushed cheeks and slapdash topknot channeled all the fresh-faced charm of a Woody Allen muse.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'slapdash.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
The first known use of "slapdash" in English came in 1679 from the British poet and dramatist John Dryden, who used it as an adverb in his play The kind keeper; or Mr. Limberham: "Down I put the notes slap-dash." The Oxford English Dictionary defines this sense in part as "[w]ith, or as with, a slap and a dash," perhaps suggesting the notion of an action (such as painting) performed with quick, imprecise movements. Over 100 years later, the word acquired the adjectival sense with which we are more familiar today, describing something done in a hasty, careless, or haphazard manner.
First Known Use of slapdash
Synonymsaimless, arbitrary, catch-as-catch-can, desultory, erratic, haphazard, helter-skelter, hit-or-miss, scattered, random, stray
Antonymsmethodical (also methodic), nonrandom, orderly, organized, regular, systematic, systematized
Related Wordsaccidental, casual, chance, chancy, contingent, fluky (also flukey), fortuitous, inadvertent, incidental, lucky, unconsidered, unintended, unintentional, unplanned, unpremeditated; scattershot, shotgun; irregular, odd, sporadic, spot; directionless, objectless, purposeless; indiscriminate, unsystematic; undirected; disorderly, disorganized; undiscriminating, unselective
Near Antonymsestablished, fixed, regular, set, stable, steady; constant, continuous, even; arranged, managed, orchestrated, ordered, planned; aware, conscious, deliberate, purposeful, thoughtful, willful (or wilful)
SLAPDASH Defined for English Language Learners
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up slapdash? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).