slip·​shod | \ ˈslip-ˈshäd How to pronounce slipshod (audio) \

Definition of slipshod

1a : wearing loose shoes or slippers
b : down at the heel : shabby

Examples of slipshod in a Sentence

He did a slipshod job. Her scholarship is slipshod at best.
Recent Examples on the Web Since 2017, they have been cited more than 40 times for slipshod infection control. Jesse Drucker, New York Times, "Trump Administration Is Relaxing Oversight of Nursing Homes," 14 Mar. 2020 The federal government’s initial response to the coronavirus was slipshod at best. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "'This is not a time for fear': McConnell downplays coronavirus threat," 9 Mar. 2020 Problems can arise from slipshod product testing and the undetected presence of THC. Los Angeles Times, "USA Triathlon signs deal to partner with a CBD manufacturer," 21 Oct. 2019 Several of the vocalists were off pitch, the production values were slipshod, and Kevin in the second row needs to stop picking his nose. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1364: We haven’t a clue," 26 Dec. 2019 The privatization program has been plagued in recent years by widespread complaints about neglected or slipshod repairs, unsafe conditions and, especially, mold problems. John Ismay, New York Times, "Military Families Say Base Housing Is Plagued by Mold and Neglect," 13 Dec. 2019 Indeed, the evidence is that the administration’s effort to allow states to impose work rules on Medicaid was hasty and slipshod. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Medicaid work requirements cost millions, achieve nothing -- and may be illegal," 14 Oct. 2019 As internet use took off at universities elsewhere in the world, academics at Colombian institutions had to settle for a sort of slipshod internet replacement. Victoria Stunt, Quartz, "Meet the web evangelist who brought Colombia online," 15 Oct. 2019 Their records overflowed with slipshod hooks and slurred wordplay. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, "The Flawed Glory of the Replacements’ Don’t Tell a Soul," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of slipshod

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slipshod

slip entry 1

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The first known use of slipshod was in 1580

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19 Mar 2020

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“Slipshod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slipshod

: very careless or poorly done or made


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Kids Definition of slipshod

: very careless Their work was slipshod.

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