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slouch

noun \ ˈslau̇ch \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of slouch

1 a : 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

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

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

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 Synonyms

Synonyms
creak (along), creep, drag, inch, limp, nose, ooze, plod, poke, crawl, snail
Antonyms
fly, race, speed, whiz (or whizz), zip
Related Words
lumber, shamble, shuffle, tramp, trudge
Near Antonyms
float, glide, sail; hurry, tear

SLOUCH Defined for English Language Learners

slouch

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

noun \ ˈslau̇ch \

Definition of slouch for Students

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

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slouch

verb

Definition of slouch for Students

slouched; slouching
: 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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