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 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 Over the next two years, Brown worked on what became a groundbreaking article about the murders, which then inspired his best-selling book on the slipshod investigation, Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the Women Known as the Jeff Davis 8? Chris Harris,, "Inside the Disturbing Case of the 'Jeff Davis 8': Showtime Series Examines Unsolved Murders," 11 Sep. 2019 There’s a good chance Pruitt’s first season in Knoxville will be smoother than the slipshod process through which the school settled on him as Butch Jones’s successor, but not by much. Chris Johnson,, "First-Year Outlooks for the SEC's Six New Head Coaches in 2018," 6 July 2018 My own opinion is that my body is a slipshod design. David Freeman /, NBC News, "10 top science minds tell what strange new body part they'd like to have," 28 Jan. 2018 Arsenal’s pressing is oddly inconsistent, often slipshod but occasionally brilliant. Jonathan Wilson,, "Manchester United, Arsenal Both Win in Alexis Sanchez, Henrikh Mkhitaryan Swap," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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6 Feb 2020

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“Slipshod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 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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