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

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

Although this version of the E-Tron is a two-motor affair, its 5.5 seconds zero-to-sixty time is no slouch. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "Audi Officially Unveils Its First EV, the E-Tron," 18 Sep. 2018 Mila Kunis’s humor may take center stage, but the actress is no slouch in the style department. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Mila Kunis’s Audrey Hepburn-Esque New Look Is Just Right," 3 Aug. 2018 The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, no slouches themselves, have also given Rangers pitchers fits this season. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Is homer a sign Odor is trending the right way? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Slumping or slouching regularly—or engaging in other forms of bad posture—can lead to a slew of issues over time. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s How to Actually Have Good Posture (and Why You Should Care)," 11 Oct. 2018 Kayla slouches her way into the pool and looks around. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, "Elsie Fisher in "Eighth Grade" Is a Necessary, Honest Portrayal of Modern Adolescence," 18 July 2018 David was already slouched in his usual spot with his headphones on. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Lost Causes" by Dana Berube," 2 June 2018 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

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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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