slipshod

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EtymologyEdit

slip + shod (wearing shoes), originally "wearing slippers", "slovenly" is from early 19th century.

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slipshod (comparative more slipshod, superlative most slipshod)

  1. 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.
  2. (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.

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Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 01:48