from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bedaub.
  • To slabber; eat slabberingly or in a slovenly manner.
  • To move or work in a slovenly, dirty, or puddling manner: as, slaistering through a muddy road.
  • n. Dirty, slovenly, or slobbery work; a mess.
  • n. A slobbery mass or mess.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • "Ay, and are you at the painting trade yet?" said Meg; "an unco slaister ye used to make with it lang syne."

    St. Ronan's Well

  • “an unco slaister ye used to make with it lang syne.”

    Saint Ronan's Well


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  • This seems like one of those words that is pronounced oddly, but I can' tfind anything on the googles.

    April 26, 2009

  • A slaister's a messy eater - usually it's used with kids. However, years ago, an old stonemason told me it's also the lime mortar they spread out over the edges of joints. I was never sure if he was having me on, but today's random surfing ended up on:

    Seems he was right enough.

    April 25, 2009

  • I suppose this means something like slaver.

    You also hear it used as a noun—slaisterer.

    Cf drool.

    February 17, 2009