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From Old Norse slókr ‎(a slouching, lazy fellow)[1], (cognate to Swedish sloka, to wilt, slouch.



slouch ‎(countable and uncountable, plural slouches)

  1. A hanging down of the head; a drooping posture; a limp appearance
    He sat with an unenthusiastic slouch.
  2. Any depression or hanging down, as of a hat brim.
    The plant hung in a permanent slouch.
  3. Someone who is slow to act.
    • 2014, Ian Jack, "Is this the end of Britishness", The Guardian, 16 September 2014:
      In any case, Scotland has been no slouch at national invention. The Greek temple to commemorate James Thomson wasn’t the only monument raised by the 11th Earl of Buchan, who was a friend and neighbour of Walter Scott, and as great a romancer in his obsession with ruins, battlements and fancy dress.
  4. (dated) An awkward, heavy, clownish fellow.

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slouch ‎(third-person singular simple present slouches, present participle slouching, simple past and past participle slouched)

  1. (intransitive) To hang or droop; to adopt a limp posture
    Do not slouch when playing a flute.
  2. (intransitive) To walk in a clumsy, lazy manner.
    I slouched to the fridge to see if there was anything to eat.


  1. ^ slouch” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).