slipshod

slipshod adj Slipshod, slovenly, unkempt, disheveled, sloppy are comparable when applied to persons and their appearance or to their mental and manual processes, performances, or products, and mean manifesting conspicuous negligence or carelessness.
Slipshod implies an easygoing tolerance of details that are inaccurate, incongruous, or lacking in precision, or careless indifference to the niceties of technique or to qualities that make for perfection (as thoroughness, soundness, and fastidiousness)
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a slipshod style

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a slipshod piece of carpentry

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a slipshod performance of a symphony

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was at first a slipshod observer ... he had a positive distaste for exactitude— Peattie

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had the conscientious craftsman's contempt for slipshod work— Spaeth

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Slovenly, a stronger term than slipshod, implies laziness and disorderliness which is evident throughout and is not merely a matter of detail. The term may be used of a person or his appearance and imply diametrical opposition to neat or tidy
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a slovenly housekeeper

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his person showed marks of habitual neglect; his dress was slovenlyGeorge Eliot

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the beatnik is slovenly—to strike a pose against the middle class you must roil their compulsion to be neatMailer

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or it may be applied to processes, technique, or workmanship without significant change in value
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slovenly thinking

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the slovenly manner in which the dinner was served— Conrad

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a tendency to think that a fine idea excuses slovenly workmanship— Lowell

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Unkempt is applied usually to something that requires to be kept in order if a favorable impression is to be produced. It implies extreme negligence amounting to neglect
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unkempt hair

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an unkempt garden

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add to this unkempt, untended, this grammatically anarchical Russian tongue the jargon of German Marxism: no simile can cope with the situation— Edmund Wilson

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most of the shops . . . had become pettifogging little holes, unkempt, shabby, poor— Bennett

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Disheveled is more likely to describe a temporary state of ruffled disorder or disarray following intense effort (as in doing something or coping with some emergency)
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she hoped she appeared calm. She was conscious of a disheveled appearance— Hervey

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or in extended application a lack of normal planned orderliness (as of concept or development)
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a disheveled movie that charges futilely about— McCarten

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Sloppy implies a general effect of looseness and of spilling over. When applied to a person or his appearance it usually suggests loose, ill-fitting, unpressed garments, but it often also carries connotations of slovenliness
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his sloppy appearance at breakfast offended her

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her hair was thin and tied in a sloppy knot at the back of her not too clean neck— Metalious

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When applied to ideas or their expression, style, or manners or to a work or its workmanship, the word usually suggests a lack of control and precision or of confinement within proper limits, manifested in incoherency, emotional excess, or formlessness
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it is a sloppy bit of reporting, poorly organized, loaded with pointless personal details— Sugrue

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Analogous words: *negligent, neglectful, slack, lax, remiss: *careless, heedless, inadvertent: *indifferent, unconcerned: *slatternly, dowdy, frowzy, blowsy
Contrasted words: precise, accurate, exact, *correct: fastidious, finicky, *nice

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  • Slipshod — Slip shod , a. 1. Wearing shoes or slippers down at the heel. [1913 Webster] The shivering urchin bending as he goes, With slipshod heels. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Figuratively: Careless in dress, manners, style, etc.; slovenly; shuffling; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slipshod — [slip′shäd΄] adj. [ SLIP1 + SHOD < dial. or obs. slip shoe, slipper] 1. wearing shoes with worn down heels 2. careless, as in appearance or workmanship [a slipshod job] …   English World dictionary

  • slipshod — I adjective careless, disordered, disorderly, disorganized, haphazard, heedless, imprecise, improper, inaccurate, indifferent, inexact, lackadaisical, lax, negligent, offhand, orderless, poor, remiss, shabby, sloppy, slovenly, thoughtless,… …   Law dictionary

  • slipshod — 1570s, wearing slippers or loose shoes, from SLIP (Cf. slip) (v.) + SHOD (Cf. shod) wearing shoes. Sense of slovenly, careless is from 1815 …   Etymology dictionary

  • slipshod — [adj] careless; not well done bedraggled, botched*, disheveled, faulty, flyby night*, fouled up*, haphazard, imperfect, inaccurate, inexact, junky*, loose, messedup, messy, neglected, negligent, raunchy, screwed up*, scrubby*, scruffy*, shabby*,… …   New thesaurus

  • slipshod — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking in care, thought, or organization. 2) archaic (of shoes) worn down at the heel …   English terms dictionary

  • slipshod — slip|shod [ˈslıpʃɔd US ʃa:d] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: slipshod wearing loose shoes (16 19 centuries)] done too quickly and carelessly used to show disapproval = ↑slapdash ▪ a slipshod piece of work …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • slipshod — [[t]slɪ̱pʃɒd[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If something is slipshod, it has been done in a careless way. The hotel had always been run in a slipshod way. Syn: careless …   English dictionary

  • slipshod — slipshodness, slipshoddiness, n. /slip shod /, adj. 1. careless, untidy, or slovenly: slipshod work. 2. down at heel; seedy; shabby. 3. Archaic. wearing slippers or loose shoes, esp. ones worn at the heel. [1570 80; SLIP1 + SHOD] Syn. 1. loose,… …   Universalium

  • slipshod — adjective /ˈslɪp.ʃɒd,ˈslɪp.ʃɑd/ Done poorly or too quickly; slapdash. Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp …   Wiktionary

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