slouch

noun
\ˈslau̇ch \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for slouch

Synonyms: Noun

couch potato, deadbeat, do-nothing, drone, idler, layabout, lazybones, loafer, slug, sluggard

Synonyms: Verb

crawl, creak (along), creep, drag, inch, limp, nose, ooze, plod, poke

Antonyms: Noun

doer, go-ahead, go-getter, hummer, hustler, rustler, self-starter

Antonyms: Verb

fly, race, speed, whiz (or whizz), zip

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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

People who wave their arms about or slouch in their seat are likely to fail. The Economist, "How an algorithm may decide your career," 21 June 2018 The kitchen towel is no slouch in the icky competition, either. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "A simple Google search turned me into a germophobe," 2 July 2018 Onward the Dodgers slouch toward last place, performing as if hell-bent on evicting the San Diego Padres from the basement of the National League West. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe return to lineup, but Dodgers still fall to Marlins," 16 May 2018 The man sharing Cetera's stage is no slouch either. Mel Shields, sacbee, "Chicago original Peter Cetera brings solo show to Thunder Valley," 13 July 2018 But though Saddle River is known for estates set on lush two-acre lots, Upper Saddle River is no slouch. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Quiet and Neat as a Pin," 20 June 2018 His replacement is no slouch, though: Filipe Luis is a stalwart with big Spanish club Atlético Madrid. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "World Cup schedule, TV and streaming info: Brazil-Mexico, Belgium-Japan," 1 July 2018 But Holmes was no slouch: a facile mythmaker who brooked no dissent and presided over the workplace from hell. Stephen Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "New tech books: ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ ‘The Efficiency Paradox’," 22 June 2018 While the production Energica Ego is no slouch, with a top speed of around 150mph and a 0-60mph time of three seconds, the bike is a far cry from the multi-million-dollar MotoGP monsters that can reach over 220mph. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "From a roar to a whirr -- MotoGP goes electric," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nats slouched at one end of a glass table scrutinizing photos of planned merchandise. New York Times, "Growing Up Getty," 23 June 2018 An old woman with her grandchild on the grass nearby is deftly twirling her blunt little knife around an apple, the red ribbon of the peel falling in a single flourish, as if the apple had slouched out of its red dress. Patricia Hampl, WSJ, "All of Summer In a Single Afternoon," 21 June 2018 Image At Bianca Saunders’s debut presentation at London Fashion Week Men’s last Saturday, an all-black cast of models in the designer’s casually elegant clothing slouched around looking forlorn and holding glasses of milk and wildflowers. New York Times, "Brand to Know: An Emerging Line That Explores Black Masculinity," 19 June 2018 At his parole hearing in 2017, Gunin slouched in his chair and squinted uncomfortably at a webcam. Jonathan Small, Good Housekeeping, "A Drunk Driver Destroyed Jennifer Tracy's Family. Now, She Wants to Save Him.," 2 July 2018 Its 15 or so employees slouch in T-shirts and baseball caps in front of their computers. Fortune, "Can't Afford a Ferrari? How About Buying a Share for $80," 29 June 2018 Another study, published in the journal Biofeedback, came to a similar conclusion: Participants who slouched while walking felt more depressed. Barbara Brody, Health.com, "The Surprisingly Easy Move That Can Make You Happier and Boost Your Energy Instantly," 7 May 2018 Quite the sigh of relief for Argentina, which slouches off for halftime lucky not to be trailing. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Croatia Buries Argentina’s World Cup Hopes in a Deep Hole," 22 June 2018 Officers discovered the older man slouched over on a bench. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Suspect arrested for choking and beating man on Red Line," 15 June 2018

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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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slouch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slouch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: 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 \

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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