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 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 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 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 Advocates of homeowner’s associations have steadfastly argued for owners’ right to sue over slipshod workmanship on what is often their biggest life investment. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Colorado Supreme Court gives a boost to builders in construction defects battle," 5 June 2017

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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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16 Apr 2020

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

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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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