Definition of slapdash in English:



  • Done too hurriedly and carelessly.

    ‘he gave a slapdash performance’
    • ‘It was also callous, slapdash and neglectful of the interests of less secure and well paid workers.’
    • ‘However, a few years back, I finally saw the light, and vowed to change my slapdash approach to personal finance.’
    • ‘Her comedy is at once over the top and facile - slapdash, violent, vulgar.’
    • ‘But they have a slapdash quality that points to their function as performance pieces.’
    • ‘You'll learn even more from the slapdash, poorly edited, and boring sites.’
    • ‘The cut was slapdash and messy, but it was deep and had the desired effect.’
    • ‘She frowned at the messy handwriting and slapdash clump of phrases.’
    • ‘To some he appeared disorganized, slapdash, cheerful to the point of flippancy.’
    • ‘It also details insider hiring, slapdash dismissals of whistleblower complaints, staff reassignments to field offices and sudden departures by loyal and longtime staff members that have left the office crippled.’
    • ‘This slapdash approach is already having adverse effects on Zambia, as would-be investors are not sure what the new Investment Act contains and will not put their money in unknown shadows.’
    • ‘I know no poet who, even in quite slapdash poems, can provide more pleasant and provocative surprises.’
    • ‘The slapdash concrete panel wall runs east-to-west along the 50-foot long border of our back garden.’
    • ‘This slapdash approach to the recording and construction of an album possibly could be financially related.’
    • ‘The cavalier and slapdash approach to their documentation was not helpful in this regard.’
    • ‘The special effects are pretty stunning - considerably better than in the first film - but the pacing is leaden, the characterisation pretty slapdash and threadbare and, well, it's still a bit long…’
    • ‘I want to begin by apologizing for all of the grammatical errors, slapdash reasoning, and sloppy writing in my recent posts.’
    • ‘Its factual jurisprudence is slapdash, sloppy, and, too often, supercilious.’
    • ‘And paintings too, lots of them, some beautiful, some bland, some clever, some featureless, some inspiring, some slapdash, some devotional, and some so dull that even I could have painted them.’
    • ‘The approach is old-fashioned, research slapdash, scholarship negligible, the judgments inane, the characterisation childish, the tone sick-makingly patriotic.’
    • ‘It's a rather slapdash collection of ideas, but it makes some worthwhile, if loosely supported, points.’
    careless, slipshod, lackadaisical, hasty, hurried, disorganized, haphazard, unsystematic, untidy, messy, thrown together, last-minute, hit-or-miss, offhand, thoughtless, heedless, negligent, neglectful, remiss, cursory, perfunctory, lax, slack
    sloppy, shambolic, all over the place, slap-happy
    all over the shop
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  • Hurriedly and carelessly.

    • ‘The 20 victory flags displayed on the plane were applied "slapdash" and they vary in size, position, attitude and alignment.’
    • ‘His cabin bordering the Upper Buffalo River Wilderness in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas is slapdash functional.’
    • ‘Bent nails hold the box together; house-paint has been applied slapdash to its surface.’
    • ‘This writer is characterizing the results obtained when the intellectual methodologies of postindustrial society are applied slap-dash to the Caribbean.’