American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Marked by carelessness; sloppy or slovenly. See Synonyms at sloppy.
- adj. Slovenly in appearance; shabby or seedy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wearing shoes or slippers down at the heel or having no counters, so that the sole trails after the foot.
- Hence Appearing like one in slippers; careless or slovenly in appearance, manners, actions, and the like; loose; slovenly; shuffling: as, a slipshod style of writing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wearing shoes or slippers down at the heel.
- adj. Figuratively: Careless in dress, manners, style, etc.; slovenly; shuffling.
- adj. marked by great carelessness
- slip + shod ("wearing shoes"), originally "wearing slippers", "slovenly" is from early 19th century. (Wiktionary)
“Di Luca gave other examples of what he termed slipshod, reckless or misleading statements.”
“Judges have cited his firm for what they call slipshod work that, in some cases, was followed by the dismissal of foreclosure actions.”
“Selling assets does not solve the problem, except in a very short-term slipshod accounting sense.”
“They go shuffling along, precisely as if their shoes were down at the heel -- "slipshod" -- and they could not lift up their feet in consequence.”
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“Let's start using "slipshod" to mean any activity which is not an end in itself.”
“You'd bomb the LSAT with that kind of slipshod logic.”
“I guess behind this is the fear that letting go of things will lead to the kind of slipshod work that surrounds us.”
“And they're saying it's not a question if it's as big as Dulles or National, it's a question that BP, which is operating Prudhoe, will be operating ANWR, and you've got the same kind of slipshod management.”
“He is kind of slipshod in his mode of tackling, wanting finish, but nevertheless a dangerous man to meet in a charge.”
“There is a point of view from which it is folly to hold a poet responsible even for his own poetry, and when _Endymion_ was spoken of as 'slipshod' Keats could reply, 'That it is so is no fault of mine ....”
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