- a woman who is careless and sloppy in her habits, appearance, work, etc.
- a sexually promiscuous woman; slut
Origin of slattern; from dialect, dialectal slatter, to spill, slop ; from or akin to Old Norse slattari, idler
An untidy, dirty woman.
Origin of slatternPerhaps from dialectal slattering, slovenly, present participle of dialectal slatter, to slop.
Dating from the seventeenth century; related to slattering (“slovenly”), from the dialectal verb slatter (“to slop, to spill”).