Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 01:48
slip + shod (“wearing shoes”), originally "wearing slippers", "slovenly" is from early 19th century.
slipshod (comparative more slipshod, superlative most slipshod)
- Done poorly or too quickly; slapdash.
- 1880, Mark Twain, "The Awful German Language":
- Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp.
- 1999, Johanna McGeary, "Buried Alive," Time, 22 Aug.:
- Newspapers pointed at greedy contractors who used shoddy materials, slipshod methods and the help of corrupt officials to bypass building codes.
- (obsolete) Wearing slippers or similarly open shoes.
- 1840, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, Chapter 67:
- [T]hey wandered up and down hardly remembering the ways untrodden by their feet so long, and crying [...] as they slunk off in their rags, and dragged their slipshod feet along the pavement.
done poorly or too quickly