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 At the time, the O.J. Simpson trial was generating daily headlines detailing allegations of slipshod police work, and Garland did not want an Oklahoma City investigation to be criticized in the same way. Del Quentin Wilber Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Oklahoma City bombing provides insights into how Garland would run Justice Department," 21 Feb. 2021 Although immensely lucrative, his licensing methods were often viewed as excessive, slipshod and greedy. Washington Post, "Pierre Cardin, designer who transformed fashion in the 1960s, dies at 98," 29 Dec. 2020 Where France continues to go wrong, apparently, is in its slipshod enforcement of justice and fairness for all people. WSJ, "Why Do We Still Count by Race Like We Do?," 4 Dec. 2020 Despite facing backlash, some communities known for botched restorations have actually managed to capitalize on these slipshod repairs. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Botched Art Restoration in Spain Renders Smiling Statue Unrecognizable," 12 Nov. 2020 My few newfound rituals, meanwhile, have become reassuring time-tellers, guiding the otherwise slipshod structure of my days. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Life in Coronavirus Quarantine: Stories From Paris, Umbria, and Tel Aviv," 13 Apr. 2020 The reasons were slipshod processing by private loan servicers and tight eligibility criteria. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Spend Generously, Take Care of Workers: Coronavirus Stimulus Takes Lessons From TARP," 26 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

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First Known Use of slipshod

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slipshod

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“Slipshod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slipshod

: very careless or poorly done or made


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

Kids Definition of slipshod

: very careless Their work was slipshod.

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