slut


slut
slut c.1400, "a dirty, slovenly, or untidy woman," probably cognate with dialectal Ger. Schlutt "slovenly woman," dialectal Swed. slata "idle woman, slut," and Du. slodder "slut," but the ultimate origin is doubtful. Chaucer uses sluttish (late 14c.) in reference to the appearance of an untidy man. Also "a kitchen maid, a drudge" (mid-15c.; hard pieces in a bread loaf from imperfect kneading were called SLUT'S PENNIES (Cf. slut's pennies), 18c.). Meaning "woman of loose character, bold hussy" is attested from mid-15c.; playful use of the word, without implication of loose morals, is attested from 1660s.
Our little girl Susan is a most admirable slut, and pleases us mightily. [Pepys, diary, Feb. 21, 1664]
Sometimes used 19c. as a euphemism for bitch to describe a female dog. There is a group of North Sea Germanic words in sl- that mean "sloppy," and also "slovenly woman," and that tend to evolve toward "woman of loose morals" (Cf. SLATTERN (Cf. slattern), also English dial. slummock "a dirty, untidy, or slovenly person," 1861; M.Du. slore "a sluttish woman").

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  • slut — slut; slut·tery; slut·tish; slut·ty; slut·tish·ly; slut·tish·ness; …   English syllables

  • slut — SLUT, Ă, sluţi, te, adj., s.m. şi f. (Om) mutilat, schilodit, infirm, diform, pocit; p. ext. (om) foarte urât, hâd. – cf. ucr. s l u t y j . Trimis de IoanSoleriu, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  Slut ≠ frumos Trimis de siveco, 20.10.2008. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • Slut — (sl[u^]t), n. [OE. slutte; cf. OD. slodde a slut, Icel. sl[ o]ttr a heavy, loglike fellow, slota to droop.] 1. An untidy woman; a slattern. [1913 Webster] Sluts are good enough to make a sloven s porridge. Old Proverb. [1913 Webster] 2. A servant …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slut — Christian Neuburger, 2011 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • slut — /slut/, n. 1. a dirty, slovenly woman. 2. an immoral or dissolute woman; prostitute. [1375 1425; late ME slutte; cf. dial. slut mud, Norw (dial.) slutr sleet, impure liquid] * * * …   Universalium

  • slut — [ slʌt ] noun count OFFENSIVE an insulting word for a woman whose sexual behavior is considered immoral a. an insulting word for a woman who looks dirty and messy ╾ slut|tish adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • slut — [slut] n. [ME slutte, prob. < Scand or LowG form akin to MLowG slote, ditch, mud puddle, Ice sluta, to dangle: for IE base see SLUG1] 1. a careless, dirty, slovenly woman; slattern 2. a sexually promiscuous woman: a derogatory or insulting… …   English World dictionary

  • slut — [slʌt] n taboo informal a very offensive word for a woman who has sex with a lot of different people. Do not use this word. >slutty adj >sluttish adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • slut- — *slut germ.?, Verb: nhd. schlaff hängen; ne. hang (Verb) slack; Rekontruktionsbasis: an.; Etymologie: s. ing. *sleu ?, *leu ?, Adjektiv, schlaff, Pokorny 962; …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • slut — ► NOUN ▪ a slovenly or promiscuous woman. DERIVATIVES sluttish adjective. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary