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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
But Reese, an NCAA champion, All-American and SEC Player of the Year, is no slouch either. C. Isaiah Smalls Ii, Miami Herald, 6 June 2024 With 34 restaurants, and 18 Michelin stars, in Europe, Asia and the United States, Mr. Ducasse is no slouch, and there are other French chefs, like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud, who have successfully seen the world as their market. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 29 May 2024
The Enola Holmes actress wore a white tank top under a cardigan slouched around her elbows, sandals, lilac pinstripe pants and bold earrings. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 27 May 2024 Viewers witness suffering that fits our broadest conceptions of the camps: sadistic Nazis; lines of naked bodies slouching towards death; Jews praying and singing to reassert their humanity. TIME, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for slouch 

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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 20 Jun. 2024.

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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