slouch

noun
\ ˈslau̇ch How to pronounce slouch (audio) \

Definition of slouch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an awkward fellow : lout
b : one that is unimpressive especially : a lazy or incompetent person used in negative constructions was no slouch at cooking
2 : a gait or posture characterized by an ungainly stooping of the head and shoulders or excessive relaxation of body muscles

slouch

verb
slouched; slouching; slouches

Definition of slouch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to walk, stand, or sit with a slouch : assume a slouch
2 : droop
3 : to go or move slowly or reluctantly

transitive verb

: to cause to droop slouched his shoulders

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Other Words from slouch

Verb

sloucher noun

Examples of slouch in a Sentence

Noun She walks with a slouch. is no slouch when it comes to cooking Verb Sit up straight. Please don't slouch. She slouched into the room. The boy was slouching over his school books.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sick people cluster at the entrance, slouch in chairs, lie on stretchers along the dull pink walls. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 In fact, Amal, 42, is no slouch on the pickleball court either. Elizabeth Leonard, PEOPLE.com, "George Clooney Admits Amal Smoked Him and Barack Obama on the Basketball Court: 'She Beat Us All'," 3 Dec. 2020 Corrin trained with movement coach Polly Bennett to understand Diana’s distinctive mannerisms — her bashful head tilt, sidelong glances and tall-girl slouch — from the inside out. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Emma Corrin was always drawn to Princess Diana. Now she knows her from the inside out," 15 Nov. 2020 Rated for -2 degrees, this parka’s no slouch in the cold department, but its real strength is style. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Canada Goose alternatives: 10 great winter coats that won’t set you back $1000," 12 Nov. 2020 The producer David Merrick was no slouch at offstage drama. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Patti LuPone Was a Constant. The Other Ingredients Never Cooked.," 4 Nov. 2020 Cincinnati is traditionally no slouch when the OHSAA volleyball tournaments reach the waning stages and 2020 could produce multiple state championships for Greater Cincinnati. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati has a strong slate of teams heading into OHSAA regional volleyball," 3 Nov. 2020 Landrum is no slouch in the fundraising game; her campaign has raised more money than any of her opponents, including significant sums from donors who previously gave to Cannizzaro, the incumbent. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "More dollars flow in New Orleans DA and judicial races in final hours before election," 2 Nov. 2020 Veteran comedy duo Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy play the matriarch and patriarch, and the supporting cast (which includes Levy’s real-life son and daughter) is nothing to slouch at. Washington Post, "11 TV shows to watch if you can’t take another debate or confirmation hearing," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Benchmade 533 Mini Bugout For a featherlight EDC that doesn’t slouch on performance, pick the Mini Bugout. Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics 2020 Outdoor Awards," 30 June 2020 Noting the major role that our mind plays in our physical well-being, Duma advises individuals to maintain a level of calm throughout the day, as stress can trigger slouching or hunched shoulders. Christine Burroni, Travel + Leisure, "We Asked a Chiropractor for Tips on Maintaining Good Posture While Working From Home," 3 May 2020 Buying parts for your car in the 1970s typically meant asking a guy, slouched behind a grubby counter with a cigarette or toothpick in his teeth, to fetch a spark plug or wiper blade. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Co-Founder of AutoZone Enlivened a Dreary Branch of Retailing," 18 Mar. 2020 Her skulking, slouching and grimacing complements a character who long ago decided her exterior should match the disgust that chokes her inside. Matthew Eng, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Why the Emmys shouldn’t overlook ‘Sharp Objects’ ’ Amy Adams," 18 Sep. 2019 When police arrived to the man’s home on Eastland, he was slouched backward in a chair. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Resident unhappy with Baldwin Wallace University dumps branches on school property: Berea Police Blotter," 7 May 2020 Steve Jones is slouched red-eyed over his guitar, raffishly infusing his glam-rock mega-chords with Chuck Berry momentum and heavy-metal crunch. James Parker, The Atlantic, "What Happened When the Sex Pistols Threw a Christmas Party," 6 Mar. 2020 Sitting in his Trussville home, surrounded by his family — his father, Festus, practically jumping with joy behind him — Igbinoghene could only slouch forward as Grier delivered the life-changing news. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "’Best player on the board’: Why the Dolphins drafted Noah Igbinoghene late in the 1st round," 24 Apr. 2020 With its distinctive twin-tail assembly and slouching wings, each loaded with six massive turbofan engines, the aircraft is a combination of old-school design and modern innovations. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "The World’s Largest Airplane Flies Again," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of slouch

Noun

1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1754, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for slouch

Noun

origin unknown

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The first known use of slouch was in 1515

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27 Dec 2020

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“Slouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slouch. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for slouch

slouch

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of slouch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a way of walking, sitting, or standing with the head and shoulders bent forward
informal : a lazy or worthless person

slouch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slouch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk, sit, or stand lazily with your head and shoulders bent forward

slouch

noun
\ ˈslau̇ch How to pronounce slouch (audio) \

Kids Definition of slouch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a lazy worthless person He's no slouch as a worker.
2 : a way of standing, sitting, or walking with the head and shoulders bent forward

slouch

verb
slouched; slouching

Kids Definition of slouch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk, stand, or sit lazily with the head and shoulders bent forward But their laughter slowly turned to silence till finally Peter slouched into a chair.— Chris Van Allsburg, Jumanji

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