slat·​tern·​ly ˈsla-tərn-lē How to pronounce slatternly (audio)
: untidy and dirty through habitual neglect
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a slut or prostitute
slatternliness noun

Examples of slatternly in a Sentence

the biography portrays the poet as a debauched scoundrel whose companions were slatternly women and not the chaste maids he celebrated in his lyrics
Recent Examples on the Web This diorama includes a brawny male wax figure wearing Pampers who is stretched in agony on a rack, alongside a slatternly brunette with a suggestively slit skirt who is being flogged. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 9 Jan. 2023 An influential Peruvian industrialist named Enrique is photographed in flagrante amid a heap of slatternly prostitutes. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2018 By sticking to Patti’s second-best status, and the deferred dreams of her slatternly mother, Barb (Bridget Everett), and her widowed, infirm grandmother, Nana (Cathy Moriarty), Jasper shows his condescension toward their toughness. Armond White, National Review, 18 Aug. 2017 The one who took best actress was Marie Mullen, who portrayed Maureen, a 40-year-old virgin shackled to her imperious, housebound mother, Mag (the splendidly slatternly Anna Manahan). Ben Brantley, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slatternly was in 1677

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“Slatternly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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slat·​tern·​ly -lē How to pronounce slatternly (audio)
: untidy and dirty through carelessness
slatternliness noun

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