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


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)


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