1 of 2


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


2 of 2


slouched; slouching; slouches

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to cause to droop
slouched his shoulders
sloucher noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
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There are also apps and gadgets on the market that help send you little reminders to stop slouching. Women's Health, 17 May 2023 Richardson furrowed his brow and slouched in the armchair, surrounded by the trappings of a life spent in interesting company: A guitar signed by the Eagles sits near a rug bearing the New Mexico state seal from his former job. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2023 Some of our testers were prone to back and shoulder pain, while others just wanted to find a quality seat cushion that prevented them from slouching. Sherri Gordon, Health, 30 Mar. 2023 Gossip hunters will slouch off in frustration, and good luck to them; on the other hand, anyone who delights in listening to Berryman, and who can’t help wondering how the singer becomes the songs, will find much to treasure here, in these garrulous and pedantic pages. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2020 This characteristic makes this seat cushion ideal for anyone who is prone to slouching while sitting at their desk or while watching TV. Sherri Gordon, Health, 30 Mar. 2023 Sit up properly and don't slouch. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 17 Mar. 2023 Duong, skinny, tattooed and shirtless, slouches on the side of a bed in what appears a wary and subservient position. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 Any fears that motion pictures, in their current form, might be slouching toward extinction were artfully and cheerfully concealed. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1754, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slouch was in 1515

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Cite this Entry

“Slouch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an awkward, lazy, or unqualified person
: a manner of walking, sitting, or standing characterized by an awkward stooping of head and shoulders


2 of 2 verb
: to walk, sit, or stand with a slouch
sloucher noun

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