slatternly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj slatternly characteristic of or befitting a slut or slattern; used especially of women
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Slatternly Resembling a slattern; sluttish; negligent; dirty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slatternly Pertaining to a slattern; having the habits of a slattern; slovenly.
    • slatternly In a slovenly way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Slatternly like a slattern: negligent of person: slovenly: dirty: sluttish
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From slatter, a freq. of slat, to strike (q.v.).

Usage

In literature:

From her I learned that because one is an actress it is not necessary to be a slattern.
"Ten American Girls From History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
A slatternly female, whom I supposed to be the servant, admitted me.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Molly was a slattern, and Dan was a thief, and the children ate up Judith's dainties, and they all preyed upon her.
"The Carbonels" by Charlotte M. Yonge
When he came fairly to his senses again he was lying in his little room and the slatternly chambermaid was looking in at him.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
He fell upon Mrs. Buttershaw, a slatternly and sour-visaged woman, and hurled at her a tornado of questions.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Was it not enough that Virginia's mother should be a slattern and a termagant?
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
It must not look slatternly, and may be exceedingly beautiful and becoming.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
A black-haired, slatternly woman in a torn and soiled apron opened the door slightly.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
After a little time a tall slatternly woman came to the door and looked sleepily out.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
If they are slatternly and dirty, the largest cottages would not improve them.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
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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