Definition of slipshod in US English:



  • 1(typically of a person or method of work) characterized by a lack of care, thought, or organization.

    ‘he'd caused many problems with his slipshod management’
    • ‘They also offer some important thoughts about how an article this slipshod managed to get past peer review.’
    • ‘Fortunately, given the slipshod nature of his ‘scholarship,’ the only scholarly reputation upon which this book inflicts any lasting damage is that of its author.’
    • ‘The movie took a clever tack - as the crew deals with the perils their slipshod masters have dealt them, you bond with the crew and unite with them against those fools in Moscow.’
    • ‘Having witnessed the slipshod management here, it is not surprising the programmes they run result in little success.’
    • ‘In our heart of hearts we think better of the universe, we are secretly convinced that it is not such a slipshod, haphazard affair, that everything in it has meaning.’
    • ‘There is no chance of any aberrant project, slipshod project or a project that hasn't addressed all of the issues that we propose should form a part of the guidelines to slip through the system.’
    • ‘If another weekend was ruined for the Fifers' manager by a slipshod performance, his counterpart will hardly be able to wipe the smile off his face.’
    • ‘We haven't got a clue, but that's nothing some ingenious guess-work, slipshod plotting and extraordinary coincidence can't take care of.’
    • ‘I also curse my lack of preparedness, preferring in my slipshod diva manner to leave all decorating and shopping to the last minute.’
    • ‘In the years thereafter Barr kept up an unrelenting criticism on what he considered slipshod thought among biblical theologians and scholars.’
    • ‘But that doesn't excuse the paper's slipshod reasoning.’
    • ‘She also believed that a lot of speech, even on the radio, is too casual and slipshod.’
    • ‘The seemingly slipshod construction and use of everyday materials belies the structural sleight-of-hand employed, and it is a startling, playful introduction to the exhibition.’
    • ‘All this accounts for the nervousness of MPs, even those in ultra-safe seats, who may miss their chance in government because of one slipshod campaign or a knucklehead candidate.’
    • ‘It is because of this slipshod attitude of the concerned agencies that the antiquities and the relics of distant past are easily accessible to not only all pervasive primates but to anyone who is interested to fritter or wipe out them.’
    • ‘Managers may groan at the prospect of yet another administrative process being foisted on them, but today's procedures for separating organizations and employees are just too slipshod.’
    • ‘Couldn't see anything in the dark but our slipshod navigation skills managed to see us through till dawn, when a storm broke.’
    • ‘One particular area of slipshod practice, at both the federal and provincial level, was taxation (there were many others).’
    • ‘Sylvester cites an example of two architectural plots recently developed, one of high quality traditional Chinese houses, the other an inferior and slipshod effort at American villas.’
    • ‘‘There is a rule stipulating that water tanks should be cleaned twice a year, but some managers are failing to do this and others are only doing it in a slipshod way,’ Xu said.’
    careless, lackadaisical, slapdash, disorganized, unorganized, haphazard, hit-or-miss, last-minute, untidy, messy, unsystematic, unmethodical, casual, offhand, thoughtless, heedless, negligent, neglectful, remiss, lax, slack, slovenly
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    1. 1.1archaic (of shoes) worn down at the heel.


Late 16th century (originally in the sense ‘wearing slippers or loose shoes’): from the verb slip + shod.