Definitions

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

  • n. A person, especially a woman, considered sexually promiscuous.
  • n. A woman prostitute.
  • n. A slovenly woman; a slattern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sexually promiscuous woman or girl.
  • n. A man with the above qualities, often a gay man.
  • n. A slovenly, untidy person, usually a woman.
  • n. A bold, outspoken woman.
  • n. A female dog.
  • n. A maid.
  • n. A rag soaked in a flammable substance and lit for illumination.
  • v. To wear slutty clothing or makeup, or otherwise behave in a slutty manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An untidy woman; a slattern.
  • n. A servant girl; a drudge.
  • n. A female dog; a bitch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A careless, lazy woman; a woman who is uncleanly as regards her person or her house; a slattern: often used as a name of contempt for a woman and (formerly) also for a man. See sloven.
  • n. A young woman; a jade; a wench: used lightly.
  • n. An awkward person, animal, or thing.
  • n. A female dog; a bitch.
  • To befoul; render unclean.

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

  • n. a woman adulterer
  • n. a dirty untidy woman

Etymologies

Middle English slutte.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1402 CE, with the meaning untidy woman; cognate with the Dutch slodder, dialectal Swedish slata (idle woman). From the Late Middle English slutte, from slut (mud); of uncertain origin beyond that. Compare the dialectal Norwegian slutr (sleet, impure liquid). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the term slut is now sexualised to mean promiscuous woman.

    Marching with the SlutWalkers

  • But, eased by Facebook and Twitter and the overuse of the term "slut", which the media adores for obvious reasons, the movement has spawned satellite SlutWalks.

    Marching with the SlutWalkers

  • The focus on "reclaiming" the word slut fails to address the real issue.

    Christine Bronstein: What Do "Sluts" and "Feminists" Have in Common? They're Both Taking Down the Women's Movement

  • And I wonder what those children of yours would think of their mother, especially when they start hearing the word slut and your name in the same sentence.

    PURGATORY RIDGE

  • Certainly the decision to use the word slut, which is loaded, to say the least, was ballsy.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Brix Smith-Start: I've heard the word slut used a lot of times in conjunction with gay men - "Oh, he's such a slut" - so it works both ways.

    The Guardian World News

  • Vicky Simister: But won't the word slut still have that power if it's not reclaimed?

    The Guardian World News

  • Here's the thing: the term 'slut' is used as a term of abuse for women who have sex, or women who dress in ways that aim to attract the attention of a desired mate.

    The Guardian World News

  • "Historically, the term 'slut' has carried a predominantly negative connotation... whether dished out as a serious indictment of one's character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we're taking it back," a statement on the SlutWalk website reads.

    BBC News - Home

  • The problem with the word slut is that it has cut women off because they have an energy around their sexual desires and we are still so prejudiced about this.

    BBC News - Home

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  • WeirdNet, but not in they way you might expect. Whoever thinks of sluts as necessarily untidy?

    September 8, 2009

  • Citation on lum.

    July 23, 2009

  • Means "end" in Swedish.

    July 13, 2009

  • A town in Vasterbotten, Sweden.

    January 4, 2008

  • I use slut and man slut.

    October 14, 2007

  • My wife tells me our 21 year old daughter uses the term slut for both sexes. Obviously, a generational thing.

    October 14, 2007

  • Ditto. But I try not to use it much.

    October 14, 2007

  • I don't know about anybody else--I use this word to describe promiscuous people of any gender. (A few people I know do the same.)

    October 14, 2007

  • This is just such a soothing word to say. It really rolls off the tongue.

    October 13, 2007

  • How unfortunate!

    October 13, 2007

  • Acronym for the South Lake Union Trolley in Seattle.

    October 13, 2007