slouch

noun
\ ˈslau̇ch How to pronounce slouch (audio) \

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

Voth is no slouch and this could surprise Saturday night. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves odds, predictions, picks and best bets," 7 Sep. 2019 Coleman, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, is no slouch and certainly offers a bigger body for a bigger workload. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers 27, Chiefs 17: Top takeways from Garoppolo’s bounce-back game," 24 Aug. 2019 Barr’s Checkmate Barr, of course, is no slouch at the chess game. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "How Mueller’s Lawyers Spun the OLC Guidance on Indicting a Sitting President," 28 July 2019 Louisville 35, Eastern Kentucky 14 Eastern Kentucky isn't necessarily a slouch. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Picking a winner for each game on the University of Louisville 2019 football schedule," 20 Aug. 2019 To me, a teenager in a half-slouch behind the counter at the bookstore, each page was an astonishment: raunchy and vicious and wild, all of it in prose sharp as a scimitar. David Canfield, EW.com, "Get a glimpse into Anthony Bourdain’s legacy in The Last Interview exclusive book excerpt," 19 Aug. 2019 Joining James in Columbus next season will be tight end Joe Royer, no slouch himself at 6-5 and 225 pounds with a top 10 ranking in Ohio, according to 247sports.com. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Elder football's offensive line has possible projected NFL players," 4 Aug. 2019 As video shows, the CH-53E is no slouch in the lifting department. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Just a CH-53 Heavy Chopper Lifting a 12-Ton Armored Vehicle," 30 Apr. 2019 Even Elizabeth David, surely no slouch in the making-an-effort department, concurred. Tim Martin, 1843, "The croissant, breakfast of rebels," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dumping Patricia after two years might seem like a drastic move for Quinn given the ties between the two, but maybe the coach will be the one called out this time if the franchise remains slouched behind the rest of the NFC North. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL hot seat rankings: Jay Gruden, Jason Garrett already on notice?," 5 Sep. 2019 Inside the courtrooms, people waiting their turns before the judges slouched on wooden benches as the long hours wore on. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "In Court Without a Lawyer: The Consequences of Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Plan," 3 Aug. 2019 Inside the courtrooms, people waiting their turns before the judges slouched on wooden benches as the long hours wore on. Miriam Jordan, BostonGlobe.com, "In court without a lawyer: the consequences of Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ plan," 3 Aug. 2019 All of which, it should be said, rests on Pitt’s shoulders — which feel like very different shoulders, somehow, to the ones that slouched so appealingly through Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "First Ad Astra reviews say Brad Pitt shines in thoughtful, slightly familiar movie," 29 Aug. 2019 While Juve struggled, their fans sat in their living rooms around the world, slouched in their sofas and crying into Peroni pint glasses thinking: WHY IS PAULO DYBALA NOT PLAYING?!!!!!!!!! SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Hapless Juventus Steal a Point Off of Franck Ribery-Led Fiorentina," 14 Sep. 2019 Moving westward, its eyewall on a collision course with towns and cities in the narrow northern isles, the storm was slouching forward at a painfully slow 8 mph. Washington Post, "Dorian rips apart docks, floods roads in northern Bahamas," 2 Sep. 2019 Bili, meanwhile, slouches through the film, increasingly cognizant of the losses that have defined her life, nearly swayed by the prospect of moving back to China. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "Crazy Sad Asians," 27 Aug. 2019 Capacity addition ramped up soon after the target was announced, but has slouched over the last year, with slow adoption of rooftop solar panels and investors growing wary over the viability of the large-scale projects auctioned by the government. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Job creation in India’s renewable energy industry more than halved last fiscal," 15 July 2019

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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
informal : 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 How to pronounce slouch (audio) \

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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