Definition of slatternly in English:

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slatternly

Pronunciation: /ˈsladərnlē/

adjective

dated
(Of a woman or her appearance) dirty and untidy.
Example sentences
  • One is smart but ill at ease; one is slatternly but gorgeous.
  • A most fitting tribute for such a slatternly housekeeper.
  • Housework in the 1950s was also a big deal, and I say that not with the slatternly view that not all dirt is a bad thing, but rather in admiration.
Synonyms
slovenly, untidy, messy, scruffy, unkempt, ill-groomed, disheveled, frowzy, bedraggled
informal raggedy, grubby, scuzzy

Derivatives

slatternliness

Pronunciation: /ˈsladərnlēnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • We are talking midweek kitchen suppers here, not grand dinner parties, so the sight of a pan in the middle of the table should not cause too much tut-tutting and accusations of kitchen slatternliness.
  • They have evidently chosen their clothes with great care, for such gaudy slatternliness is not natural.
  • The room in fact was as depressing from its slatternliness as from its atmosphere of erudition.

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Syllabification: slat·tern·ly

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