slattern

noun
slat·​tern | \ˈsla-tərn \

Definition of slattern 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an untidy slovenly woman also : slut, prostitute

slattern

adjective

Definition of slattern (Entry 2 of 2)

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Jo (Rita Tushingham, a 19-year-old newcomer then) is encumbered by her slattern mother (Dora Bryan). Andy Webster, New York Times, "Everything British, Including the Kitchen Sink, at Film Forum," 15 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of slattern

Noun

circa 1639, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slattern

Noun

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

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slating nail

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slatter

slattern

slatternly

slattery

slaty

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slattern

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slattern

: an untidy, dirty woman

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