Definition of slouch in English:



  • 1[no object, with adverbial] Stand, move, or sit in a lazy, drooping way.

    ‘he slouched against the wall’
    ‘the lads slouched about the place resentfully’
    ‘he was slouched in his chair’
    ‘a peculiar slouching gait’
    • ‘The film opens with a tableaux of a grimy industrial area where a man loiters impassively, slouching against a wall, kicking a bottle down the street, watching the wind whip up dust devils on a vacant patch of gravel.’
    • ‘But he had to work hard within himself, forcing himself outside to walk when he wanted to slouch in a chair.’
    • ‘She demanded again, and poked Greg in the arm until he stopped slouching, moved up to the suit, and yanked off the helmet.’
    • ‘‘He won't talk ’, Mamoru grunted sourly, slouching back in his chair.’
    • ‘The number of times I see sales staff slouching against walls or counters playing with their hair, or all standing around having a great old gossip - are too many to count.’
    • ‘I threw my backpack next to his desk with disgust, and slouched in his chair.’
    • ‘I gave a disgusted sigh and moved away from the living room and slouched down in one of the kitchen chairs.’
    • ‘Armed soldiers lined the walls and slouched in the galleries of the courtroom as du Toit testified.’
    • ‘Some of the usual causes of stress and strain on the spine include slouching in chairs, driving in hunched positions, lifting heavy objects incorrectly, sleeping on sagging mattresses and being unfit or overweight.’
    • ‘After the chairs got filled, some preferred to sit down on the matted floor, slouching against the wall with their eyes closed.’
    • ‘I slouched into my chair, moving my back around to avoid hitting the bruises.’
    • ‘When you slouch or stand with a swayback, you exaggerate your back's natural curves.’
    • ‘Throwing off her ear-rings and slouching in her chair, she begins her soliloquy with a moment of anachronistic genius and continues to define the character for a modern sensibility.’
    • ‘She stayed slouched down in her chair though, too dizzy to stand up at the moment.’
    • ‘A beggar slouches against a wall, his legs festering with open wounds.’
    • ‘‘You have no idea,’ he sighed, slouching into his chair in front of the fire.’
    • ‘Mama used to droop like a flower then, and she would slouch in her chair.’
    • ‘In the best-known photograph of him, he slouches with one lazy hand on his rifle, sporting a squint that makes him seem none too bright.’
    • ‘He stood slouched against one of the set's walls, his hands in his pockets and his feet crossed at the ankles.’
    • ‘He was barely a meter and a half in height, yet still had the tendency to slouch when standing and frequently referred to himself as ‘The Man’.’
    slump, hunch
    loll, droop, sag, stoop
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  • 2dated [with object] Bend one side of the brim of (a hat) downwards.

    ‘a travelling hat slouched over his eyes’


  • 1A lazy, drooping posture or movement.

    ‘his stance was a round-shouldered slouch’
    • ‘Chris, who was already waiting there, removed his hands from behind his head and sat up, for he had been positioned in a lazy slouch.’
    • ‘I have a slight slouch, but that shouldn't count against me, should it?’
    • ‘And Law possesses the frumpy slouch of a man dissatisfied with his lot in life.’
    • ‘She came across the stage with a marvellous slouch, has poise, panache, posture, studied clothes and high beauty.’
    • ‘He walked in a springy slouch, his thin frame forming a question mark, his gut preceding his chest by a beat or two.’
    • ‘My back ached and for the first time, I recognized the slouch in my posture.’
    • ‘The others slouch back, assuming the same secondary roles they play on stage.’
  • 2informal [usually with negative] An incompetent person.

    ‘my brother was no slouch at making a buck’
    ‘he's no slouch on the guitar’
    • ‘To their credit however, those two remaining guards were no slouches.’
    • ‘Not Hall of Famers, perhaps, but no slouches either.’
    • ‘And big city police forces are no slouches either.’
    • ‘Meanwhile local residents, no slouches when it comes to campaigning against projects which they deem to be unacceptable, can be expected to keep matters under close scrutiny.’
    • ‘If Higgins and Tom Kelly are star performers then the others are no slouches either.’
    • ‘Accuracy is achieved by a cool hand and head, and at Ilparpa, the shooters are no slouches.’
    • ‘The competition deserves a higher status than it has had in the past, because the clubs involved in it are certainly no slouches.’
    • ‘We aren't exactly a bunch of slouches, and they've stuck it to us.’
    • ‘It should be noted the Khan of Kabul and his soldiers were no slouches either, giving the British several hidings in the late 19th Century.’
    • ‘But the highly-trained fighters of the Royal Navy have now shown they are no slouches on land, particularly when it comes to winter sports.’
    • ‘He cites the heat as a possible problem to contend with and the opposition may be no slouches either.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, as we try ever harder to sell our wares in the States, they're no slouches at the reverse operation.’
    • ‘The actors of Hoffman's New York-based company were no slouches either.’
    • ‘But the allies were no slouches either, and they incorporated their war correspondents much more closely into the military machine.’
    • ‘And the supporting cast isn't a bunch of slouches.’
    • ‘He's quick to point out that the early classes weren't populated by slouches.’
    • ‘While green tea may be a nutritional over-achiever, other tea varieties like black and oolong are no slouches either.’
    • ‘Although players such as Brooking will not likely be moving anywhere, the second tier of available backers is no group of slouches.’
    • ‘And few of those hold a candle to magnificent Ms. Jones and her mighty Dap-Kings, a collective powerhouse on stage and no slouches in the studio either.’
    • ‘Not exactly known as slouches in the recording studio, this is still not the kind of behaviour we expect from recording artists these days.’
  • 3A downward bend of a hat brim.


Early 16th century (in the sense ‘lazy, slovenly person’): of unknown origin. Slouching was used to mean ‘hanging down, drooping’ (specifically describing a hat with a brim hanging over the face), and ‘having an awkward posture’ from the 17th century.