slouch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v slouch walk slovenly
    • v slouch assume a drooping posture or carriage
    • n slouch a stooping carriage in standing and walking
    • n slouch an incompetent person; usually used in negative constructions "he's no slouch when it comes to baseball"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Slouch A hanging down of the head; a drooping attitude; a limp appearance; an ungainly, clownish gait; a sidewise depression or hanging down, as of a hat brim.
    • Slouch An awkward, heavy, clownish fellow.
    • v. t Slouch To cause to hang down; to depress at the side; as, to slouth the hat.
    • Slouch To droop, as the head.
    • Slouch To walk in a clumsy, lazy manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slouch To droop; hang down loosely.
    • slouch To have a clownish or loose ungainly gait, manner, or attitude; walk, sit, or pose in an awkward or loutish way.
    • slouch To depress; cause to hang down.
    • n slouch An awkward, heavy, clownish fellow; an ungainly clown.
    • n slouch A drooping or depression of the head or of some other part of the body; a stoop; an ungainly, clownish gait.
    • n slouch A depression or hanging down; a droop: as, his hat had a slouch over his eyes.
    • n slouch A slouch-hat.
    • n slouch An inefficient or useless person or thing: usually with a negative, in praise: as, he's no slouch; it's no slouch, I tell you.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Slouch slowch a hanging down loosely of the head or other part: clownish gait: a clown
    • v.i Slouch to hang down: to have a clownish look or gait
    • v.t Slouch to depress
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. slkr,a slouching felloew, and E. slack, slug, a lazy fellow

Usage

In literature:

The "somebody," whom the boys had heard, came slouching along through the dark alley and stumbled over the prostrate body.
"The Bishop's Shadow" by I. T. Thurston
The Duke de Morny was rather a person in his way and Gambetta was no slouch, as Titmarsh would himself agree.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
Then Selby looked at the tips of his boots, the gardener looked at him and the policeman slouched on.
"The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers
Robert had recognized the slouching gait and unwieldy form of Henslowe.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He put on his hat, still slouching the brim over his eyes, paid the barber, and went away.
"Henry Dunbar" by M. E. Braddon
Bwana Kingozi threw off the carefully calculated listless slouch that had conserved his strength for an unknown goal.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
Pie still carried his big slouch hat, dust-begrimed and frayed at the edges.
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
She lifts the pail and the mop, and slouches off gamely to the day's toil.
"Echoes of the War" by J. M. Barrie
I'm no slouch of a bear killer myself.
"With Trapper Jim in the North Woods" by Lawrence J. Leslie
Life is a hearty and vigorous movement to them, not a drooping slouch.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
Trendon slouched low in the chair on Slade's right.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
One of them, turning, came towards him, his hat slouched over his face.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 60, October 1862" by Various
And in Mexico they are such great disturbers of the old slouching indifference.
"John Wesley, Jr." by Dan B. Brummitt
Suddenly his hand flashed out to snatch off the slouch-hat which hid the fellow's face.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
Next morning the bugler called away the First-Cutter's crew, and Frank entered the boat with his hat slouched over his eyes.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
Suddenly you see the tawny yellow hide, as the tiger slouches along.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
The population wear long brown cloaks and slouched hats, like the natives of La Mancha.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
They could see the man, the village poacher, slouching along under a hedge with the ever-faithful dog close at heel.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
The convict shrank and slouched to the barn.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
He slouched out toward the flock and called his son to dinner.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
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In poetry:

And the owner, a woman,
Did not slouch or stand,
But in her cart sitting
Was as grand as the grand;
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
But the fame of the Wilderness fight abides;
And down into history grandly rides,
Calm and unmoved as in battle he sat,
The gray-bearded man in the black slouched hat.
"Lee To The Rear" by John Reuben Thompson
The grand old gray-beard rode to the space
Where Death and his victims stood face to face,
And silently waved his old slouched hat—
A world of meaning there was in that!
"Lee To The Rear" by John Reuben Thompson
But, with his slouch and lazy leer,
Lo, came back he to-day:
With wheedling lips against mine ear
He tempted me to play
At tennis all the afternoon.
Work and resolve forgot so soon!
"The Corpse That Won't Lie Still" by C J Dennis
But I'll never forget till the day I die,
As I stood in the driving rain,
And the jaded columns of men slouched by,
How amazement leapt into every eye,
Then fury and grief and pain.
"The Blood-Red Fourragere" by Robert W Service
Once more he tried, before he slept,
to rule his ranks of words. They broke
from his planned choir, lolled, slouched and kept
their tone, their pitch, their meaning crude;
huddled in cliches; when pursued
turned with mock elegance to croak
"Critics Nightwatch" by Gwen Harwood

In news:

Slouching Toward Debt Union.
The Fed Keeps Slouching Toward Oblivion.
Harry Potter and the Slouching Adolescents.
In a Time of Posturing, Didion Dared ' Slouching '.
Slouching Toward Santa Monica.
Jared Paul Stern Is Slouching Back With Book, Lawsuit.
The sales tax slouch, or How S.C. Burns away its tax base .
The stoop-shouldered man slouches behind a coffee table that is really a marijuana table.
Even though they are 85 and 90, they are no slouches when it comes to this holiday.
Smith's said his performance was his college coming-out party, in part, because Solder is no slouch.
Stand tall According to a recent Harvard study, slouching really does make you feel less confident .
Don't Just Sit There Static portraits —with the subject just slouched there, or stiffly posed, are not terribly appealing.
Slouching brings you down in more ways than you might think.
Stanford 's Jordan Williamson slouched in the chair at his locker.
NBC Adapting Sally Koslow's 'Slouching Toward Adulthood'.
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