Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hasty and careless, as in execution: slapdash work.
  • adv. In a reckless haphazard manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Done hastily; haphazard; careless.
  • adv. In a hasty or careless manner.
  • adv. Directly, right there.
  • v. To apply, or apply something to, in a hasty, careless, or rough manner; to roughcast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a bold, careless manner; at random.
  • adv. With a slap; all at once; slap.
  • transitive v. To apply, or apply something to, in a hasty, careless, or rough manner; to roughcast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a sudden, offhand, abrupt, random, or headlong manner; abruptly; suddenly; all at once.
  • Dashing; offhand; abrupt; free, careless, or happy-go-lucky; rash or random; impetuous: as, a slap-dash manner; slap-dash work; a slap-dash writer.
  • n. A composition of lime and coarse sand, mixed to a liquid consistency and applied to exterior walls as a preservative; rough-casting; harling.
  • n. The outside plaster filling of a half-timbered house, between the beams.
  • n. Offhand, careless, happy-go-lucky, or ill-considered action or work.
  • n. Violent abuse.
  • To do in a rough or careless manner.
  • To rough-cast (a wall) with mortar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. directly
  • adv. in a careless or reckless manner
  • adj. marked by great carelessness

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Wake up ... refuse the short term slapdash fixes our govenrment has become famous for and demand a realistic plan!!!! obama is the only candidate to get it right.

    Obama ad criticizes gas tax plan

  • There's nothing "slapdash" about this sentence: "Listening for his murderers, he became aware of the oppressive life of the jungle, of the collective roar of insects, as big as any city's at noon."

    Style in Fiction

  • My builds are getting more and more 'slapdash' and 'elegantly sloppy' euphemisms for crap since Arcadia is not around to point out the flaws in them.

    Arcadia Asylum's inventory... it's gone: asset server issues are calamities

  • Mr. Towers wouldn't survive as an art critic because no serious journal of painting would permit him to get away with the "slapdash" comparison of Roy Lichtenstein's work with mine.

    Complaint

  • Who, may I ask, is being "slapdash" and violating the requirements of the "sullen art" of literary criticism?

    Setting It Straight

  • Mr Norman welcomed the apology but said the way the information was given out was "slapdash" and "incompetent".

    BBC News - Home

  • But that's not going to keep her original, "slapdash," study from being widely cited by the usual ranters.

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • During submissions on penalty, the prosecution said the company had a 'slapdash' approach to maintenance, had shown no remorse and embarked on a finger-pointing exercise during the trial.

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  • When I don't have them around, I do a kind of slapdash version, which I will describe now.

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  • Other reviewers criticised the movie's lack of wit, laziness and "slapdash" execution.

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  • Dont be slapdash on your GREs.

    August 9, 2012

  • "Please accept this small, rather slapdash token of my appreciation"

    from Farewell, my Concubine

    April 18, 2009

  • etymology anyone? Would love to have come up with this one...

    May 15, 2008