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slap +‎ dash. First attested in the late 17th century, meaning "careless".


  • IPA(key): /ˈslæpdæʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -æʃ


slapdash (comparative more slapdash, superlative most slapdash)

  1. Produced or carried out hastily; haphazard; careless.
    • 1989, H. T. Willetts (translator), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (author), August 1914, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, page 114:
      They had seen Poland, and that was the sort of slovenly, slapdash place they were used to, but once across the German frontier they found everything—crops, roads, buildings—uncannily different.
    • 2014, A teacher, "Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents", The Guardian, 23 September 2014:
      When you're in the front entrance, get a feel for what's going on. Tours are never timed to coincide with breaks but if there are any children milling about, see what they're up to. If they're on a dutiful errand, for example delivering registers, the school probably encourages a responsible attitude. If they're play-fighting in the corridor without consequence, it tells a less impressive story and could mean a slapdash approach to discipline.




slapdash (comparative more slapdash, superlative most slapdash)

  1. In a hasty or careless manner.
  2. Directly, right there; slap-bang.
    Van Eyck signed his portrait of the Arnolfinis slapdash in the center of the painting.
  3. With a slap; all at once; slap.
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slapdash (third-person singular simple present slapdashes, present participle slapdashing, simple past and past participle slapdashed)

  1. (colloquial) To apply, or apply something to, in a hasty, careless, or rough manner; to roughcast.
    to slapdash mortar or paint on a wall
    to slapdash a wall