slapdash

adjective slap·dash \ ˈslap-ˈdash , -ˌdash \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of slapdash

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Examples of slapdash in a Sentence

  1. the investigation of the charges against the mayor was slapdash and not very thorough

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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

circa 1792


SLAPDASH Defined for English Language Learners

slapdash

adjective

Definition of slapdash for English Language Learners

  • : quick and careless



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