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slouch

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noun \ˈslau̇ch\

Definition of slouch

  1. 1a :  an awkward fellow :  loutb :  one that is unimpressive; especially :  a lazy or incompetent person —used in negative constructions was no slouch at cooking

  2. 2 :  a gait or posture characterized by an ungainly stooping of the head and shoulders or excessive relaxation of body muscles

Examples of slouch in a Sentence

  1. She walks with a slouch.

  2. is no slouch when it comes to cooking

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Origin and Etymology of slouch

origin unknown


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slouch

verb

Definition of slouch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to walk, stand, or sit with a slouch :  assume a slouch

  3. 2 :  droop

  4. 3 :  to go or move slowly or reluctantly

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause to droop slouched his shoulders

sloucher

noun

Examples of slouch in a Sentence

  1. Sit up straight. Please don't slouch.

  2. She slouched into the room.

  3. The boy was slouching over his school books.

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First Known Use of slouch

1754


SLOUCH Defined for English Language Learners

slouch

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noun

Definition of slouch for English Language Learners

  • : a way of walking, sitting, or standing with the head and shoulders bent forward

  • : a lazy or worthless person

slouch

verb

Definition of slouch for English Language Learners

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


SLOUCH Defined for Kids

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slouch

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noun \ˈslau̇ch\

Definition of slouch for Students

  1. 1 :  a lazy worthless person He's no slouch as a worker.

  2. 2 :  a way of standing, sitting, or walking with the head and shoulders bent forward


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slouch

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verb

Definition of slouch for Students

slouched

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slouching

  1. :  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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