slattern (n.) 1630s, "a rude, ill-bred woman," probably related to Low Ger. Slattje, Du. slodder, dialectal Swed. slata "slut" (in the older, non-sexual sense). Cf. dialectal English verb slatter "to spill or splash awkwardly, to waste," used of women or girls considered untidy or slovenly.

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  • Slattern — Slat tern, n. A woman who is negligent of her dress or house; one who is not neat and nice. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slattern — Slat tern, v. t. To consume carelessly or wastefully; to waste; with away. [R.] Chesterfield. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slattern — ► NOUN dated ▪ a dirty, untidy woman. DERIVATIVES slatternly adjective. ORIGIN related to dialect slatter «to spill or slop», of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • slattern — [slat′ərn] n. [< dial. slatter, to spill, slop < or akin to ON slattari, idler] 1. a woman who is careless and sloppy in her habits, appearance, work, etc. 2. a sexually promiscuous woman; slut …   English World dictionary

  • slattern — noun /ˈslætɜːn/ a) A slut. 3. Cookery is familiar to her, with the price and quality of provisions; and she is a ready accountant. Her chief view, however, is to serve her mother and lighten her cares. She holds cleanliness and neetness to be… …   Wiktionary

  • slattern — [[t]slæ̱tə(r)n[/t]] slatterns N COUNT (disapproval) A slattern is a dirty untidy woman. [OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

  • slattern — I. noun Etymology: probably from German schlottern to hang loosely, slouch; akin to Dutch slodderen to hang loosely, slodder slut Date: circa 1639 an untidy slovenly woman; also slut, prostitute II. adjective Date: 1684 slatternly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • slattern — /slat euhrn/, n. 1. a slovenly, untidy woman or girl. 2. a slut; harlot. [1630 40; perh. akin to dial. slatter to splash, spill < ?] * * * …   Universalium

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