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Definition of slouch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

slouch

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//slaʊtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slaʊtʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slouch
BrE BrE//slaʊtʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slaʊtʃ//
 
he / she / it slouches
BrE BrE//ˈslaʊtʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaʊtʃɪz//
 
past simple slouched
BrE BrE//slaʊtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slaʊtʃt//
 
past participle slouched
BrE BrE//slaʊtʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//slaʊtʃt//
 
-ing form slouching
BrE BrE//ˈslaʊtʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈslaʊtʃɪŋ//
 
Position and movement
 
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[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to stand, sit or move in a lazy way, often with your shoulders and head bent forward Several students were slouching against the wall. Sit up straight. Don't slouch. He slouched across the room and collapsed in a chair. See related entries: Position and movement Word Origin early 16th cent. (in the sense ‘lazy, slovenly person’): of unknown origin. Slouching was used to mean ‘hanging down, drooping’ (specifically describing a hat with a brim hanging over the face), and ‘having an awkward posture’ from the 17th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: slouch

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