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slattern

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noun slat·tern \ˈsla-tərn\

Definition of slattern

  1. :  an untidy slovenly woman; also :  slut, prostitute

Origin and Etymology of slattern

probably from German schlottern to hang loosely, slouch; akin to Dutch slodderen to hang loosely, slodder slut


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slattern

adjective slat·tern

Definition of slattern

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First Known Use of slattern

1684


SLATTERN Defined for English Language Learners

slattern

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Definition of slattern for English Language Learners

  • : an untidy, dirty woman

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