Definition of slattern in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈslat(ə)n/


A dirty, untidy woman: a slattern, her lipstick awry here dwelt the drunks and the slatterns
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  • The women who do appear are usually painted in lurid colours as prostitutes and slatterns, or as the odd lonely, isolated ‘lady’, having a thoroughly miserable time of it.
  • Modern viewers might suppose they are looking at a period slattern, but the original audience likely would have seen the image very differently: as an illustration of virtue.
  • My father may have been ‘posh’, but I was a complex individual, with no intention of being reduced to some convenient stereotype to fill out a box on a slattern's list of conquests.


Mid 17th century: related to slattering 'slovenly', from dialect slatter 'to spill, slop', frequentative of slat 'strike', of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with slattern

baton, batten, fatten, flatten, harmattan, Manhattan, Mountbatten, paten, patten, pattern, platen, Saturn

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