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.

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