Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To sit, stand, or walk with an awkward, drooping, excessively relaxed posture.
  • intransitive v. To droop or hang carelessly, as a hat.
  • transitive v. To cause to droop; stoop.
  • n. An awkward, drooping, excessively relaxed posture or gait.
  • n. Slang An awkward, lazy, or inept person: good at chess and no slouch at bridge, either.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hanging down of the head; a drooping posture; a limp appearance
  • n. any depression or hanging down, as of a hat brim.
  • n. An awkward, heavy, clownish fellow.
  • v. to hang or droop; to adopt a limp posture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. An awkward, heavy, clownish fellow.
  • intransitive v. To droop, as the head.
  • intransitive v. To walk in a clumsy, lazy manner.
  • transitive v. To cause to hang down; to depress at the side.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To droop; hang down loosely.
  • To have a clownish or loose ungainly gait, manner, or attitude; walk, sit, or pose in an awkward or loutish way.
  • To depress; cause to hang down.
  • n. An awkward, heavy, clownish fellow; an ungainly clown.
  • n. A drooping or depression of the head or of some other part of the body; a stoop; an ungainly, clownish gait.
  • n. A depression or hanging down; a droop: as, his hat had a slouch over his eyes.
  • n. A slouch-hat.
  • n. 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.

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

  • n. an incompetent person; usually used in negative constructions
  • v. walk slovenly
  • v. assume a drooping posture or carriage
  • n. a stooping carriage in standing and walking

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse slókr ("a slouching, lazy fellow"), (cognate to Swedish sloka, to wilt, slouch. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is the same Mr. Moss whom Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis assessed as a "slouch" last winter, and the same Mr. Moss who burned Mr. Revis on a touchdown reception during the Jets '28-14 victory over the Patriots on Sept. 19.

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  • I am looking at this word "slouch" which I have never used like this before.

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  • Moss playfully fired back during an interview with ESPN before the Patriots played the Jets, saying: "I don't really get into the trash talking, but if what he called me was a 'slouch,' then I guess the 'slouch' will be there to see you on Sunday."

    Darrelle Revis Criticizes Randy Moss's Effort

  • Revis referred to Moss as a "slouch" while playing a word-association game on the NFL Network in January.

    Darrelle Revis Criticizes Randy Moss's Effort

  • "I called him a 'slouch' for a reason," Mr. Revis said.

    An NFL Grudge Match: Revis Vs. Moss

  • Mr. Revis called Mr. Moss a "slouch" after shutting him down last year, which may be most civilized piece of trash talk since George Plimpton auditioned with the Lions.

    The Non-Must-Win the Jets Better Win

  • Those who traffic in such talk might call this karma: Mr. Revis had called Mr. Moss a "slouch" in January, sparking a bit of a feud.

    Jets Dodge Adversity, Down Pats Jets 28, Pats 14

  • Mr. Revis had quietly ta unted Mr. Moss, referring to him as a "slouch" and suggesting that the future Hall of Famer would again spend his Meadowlands afternoon languishing on "Revis Island," Mr. Revis's droll term for the way he shuts down pass catchers.

    For the Jets, the Talk Gets Walked

  • The word "slouch," by the way, should always connote movement, not posture.

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  • I don't know what we do instead -- we kind of slouch around the living room while we should be making dinner.

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