Appropriate to or characteristic of a slattern.

The dismal quarter of Soho seen under these changing glimpses, with its muddy ways, and slatternly passengers, and its lamps, which had never been extinguished or had been kindled afresh to combat this mournful reinvasion of darkness, seemed, in the lawyers eyes, like a district of some city in a nightmare.

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  • slatternly — [slat′ərnlē] adj. 1. having the habits of a slattern; dirty; slovenly; untidy 2. characteristic of or fit for a slattern adv. in a slatternly manner slatternliness n …   English World dictionary

  • slatternly — index sordid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • slatternly — 1670s, from SLATTERN (Cf. slattern) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • slatternly — slat|tern|ly [ slætərnli ] adjective OLD FASHIONED a slatternly woman looks messy or dirty …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • slatternly — UK [ˈslætə(r)nlɪ] / US [ˈslætərnlɪ] adjective old fashioned a slatternly woman looks untidy or dirty …   English dictionary

  • slatternly — slattern ► NOUN dated ▪ a dirty, untidy woman. DERIVATIVES slatternly adjective. ORIGIN related to dialect slatter «to spill or slop», of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • slatternly — adjective Date: 1677 1. untidy and dirty through habitual neglect; also careless, disorderly 2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a slut or prostitute • slatternliness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • slatternly — slatternliness, n. /slat euhrn lee/, adj. 1. slovenly and untidy. 2. characteristic or suggestive of a slattern. adv. 3. in the manner of a slattern. [1670 80; SLATTERN + LY] * * * …   Universalium

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