slattern

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n slattern a dirty untidy woman
    • n slattern a prostitute who attracts customers by walking the streets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Slattern A woman who is negligent of her dress or house; one who is not neat and nice.
    • a Slattern Resembling a slattern; sluttish; slatterny. "The slattern air."
    • v. t Slattern To consume carelessly or wastefully; to waste; -- with away.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n slattern A woman who is negligent of her dress, or who suffers her clothes and household furniture to be in disorder; one who is not neat and nice; a slut.
    • slattern Pertaining to or characteristic of a slattern; slovenly; slatternly.
    • slattern To consume carelessly or idly; waste: with away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Slattern slat′ėrn a woman negligent of her dress: an untidy woman
    • adv Slattern negligently: untidily
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Usage

In literature:

She presents, altogether, rather a slatternly figure, and her face is freckled and sunburnt.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
Rude, slatternly, and ignorant as they are, they still evince some sign of life and energy compared with the men.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
The little slattern who brought her meals had gone to bed.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
For the most part they were heavy, frowsy creatures, slatternly and uncouth.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
A slatternly, dark haired girl who leaned on his shoulder smiled invitingly at Bell.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
A dirty woman, with her hair all in fly-away order, and her dress very slatternly as well as soiled.
"What She Could" by Susan Warner
A slatternly woman was giving supper to a half dozen children who were making a great deal of noise over it.
"Opportunities" by Susan Warner
No one could accuse him of failing in due respect for the king, by appearing in his presence in slatternly dress.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Perhaps it was more comfortable than the slatternly wives and crying children.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
In the one balcony, five slatternly Irish lasses sat woven in a comely group.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Faded, slatternly, looking so weak,
Tho' once a Scotch lassie so braw,
— With sin in her eye, and disease on her cheek,
The factory-girl I saw:
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. II. The Factory Slave" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Clean, neat and lovely let her be,
From aukwardness and slutt'ry free:
Cold, tasteless, joyless, faint, the love,
(That's on a slattern plac'd) will prove.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
A late snow beats
With cold white fists upon the tenements - Hurriedly drawing blinds and shutters,
Like tall old slatterns
Pulling aprons about their heads.
"Faces" by Lola Ridge
The Lady Poverty was fair:
But she has lost her looks of late,
With change of times and change of air.
Ah slattern, she neglects her hair,
Her gown, her shoes. She keeps no state
As once when her pure feet were bare.
"The Lady Poverty" by Alice Meynell