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 Led by a stellar defensive end in Patrick Jones and All-ACC safety Paris Ford, the Panthers are no slouch on defense. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "What will Louisville football's record be this season? We predict every game," 7 Sep. 2020 Female friendship too is a stormy affair, particularly when boys, some dangerous, slouch into view. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘The Lying Life of Adults’ Review: Elena Ferrante’s Latest," 4 Sep. 2020 Wright’s body language changed from an unbothered slouch to an attentive and direct as his eyes began to well with tears. Eplunus Colvin, USA TODAY, "Arkansas sheriff resigns after leaked audio of racist rant draws protesters, backlash," 30 Aug. 2020 The PlayStation brand was never any slouch, at least in the early aughts. Washington Post, "‘Ghost of Tsushima’ is getting free multiplayer. Sony should keep that energy going.," 17 Aug. 2020 So while the Sport model is definitely a more user-friendly version—likely engineered to be a more hospitable on-road ride, as well—it’s still no slouch on the trails. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "The Ford Bronco Makes Its Glorious Return," 14 July 2020 McManus is no slouch himself, sporting a 4 handicap. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Keeler: Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods have edge on Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson, Broncos kicker Brandon McManus says," 21 May 2020 Per the usual gravitational slouch of history, most of the changes brought by the Covid-19 pandemic on our homes, houses, and morals will not be named as post-Covid permutations, but simply as the normality of the new normals. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Benjamin Bratton says we stay hyperaware of contagion post-Covid," 30 June 2020 Diana Taurasi is the all-time-leading WNBA scorer and no slouch at passing and rebounding. Washington Post, "While waiting for pro baseball and basketball, play the game of GOAT," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Benchmade 533 Mini Bugout For a featherlight EDC that doesn’t slouch on performance, pick the Mini Bugout. Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics 2020 Outdoor Awards," 30 June 2020 Noting the major role that our mind plays in our physical well-being, Duma advises individuals to maintain a level of calm throughout the day, as stress can trigger slouching or hunched shoulders. Christine Burroni, Travel + Leisure, "We Asked a Chiropractor for Tips on Maintaining Good Posture While Working From Home," 3 May 2020 Buying parts for your car in the 1970s typically meant asking a guy, slouched behind a grubby counter with a cigarette or toothpick in his teeth, to fetch a spark plug or wiper blade. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Co-Founder of AutoZone Enlivened a Dreary Branch of Retailing," 18 Mar. 2020 Her skulking, slouching and grimacing complements a character who long ago decided her exterior should match the disgust that chokes her inside. Matthew Eng, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Why the Emmys shouldn’t overlook ‘Sharp Objects’ ’ Amy Adams," 18 Sep. 2019 When police arrived to the man’s home on Eastland, he was slouched backward in a chair. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Resident unhappy with Baldwin Wallace University dumps branches on school property: Berea Police Blotter," 7 May 2020 Steve Jones is slouched red-eyed over his guitar, raffishly infusing his glam-rock mega-chords with Chuck Berry momentum and heavy-metal crunch. James Parker, The Atlantic, "What Happened When the Sex Pistols Threw a Christmas Party," 6 Mar. 2020 Sitting in his Trussville home, surrounded by his family — his father, Festus, practically jumping with joy behind him — Igbinoghene could only slouch forward as Grier delivered the life-changing news. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "’Best player on the board’: Why the Dolphins drafted Noah Igbinoghene late in the 1st round," 24 Apr. 2020 With its distinctive twin-tail assembly and slouching wings, each loaded with six massive turbofan engines, the aircraft is a combination of old-school design and modern innovations. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "The World’s Largest Airplane Flies Again," 25 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of slouch was in 1515

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“Slouch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slouch. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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slouch

noun
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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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