“Slouch” / “no slouch”

`slouch’ means to walk about with one’s shoulders and head bent. The word refers to one’s posture.”

Examples, “The young programmer was slouched over the computer.”* “Last night Sujatha slouched past me with her hands in her kurta.” * “Sujata slouches even when she is sitting down.”

“When you say that someone is `no slouch’ at something, what you mean is that the individual is very good at it. It’s an expression mostly used in informal contexts. ”

“My neighbour is no slouch at painting.” * “My tennis partner is a pretty huge guy. But he is no slouch at the net.”

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, May 17, 2004


2 thoughts on ““Slouch” / “no slouch”

  1. “The young programmer was slouched over the computer.”
    Funny sentence! What the hell does that mean? Can’t a language columnist see the difference between a transitive verb and intransitive verb? I have a feeling that this guy can’t write decent English and he has been writing an English language column in a national daily for many years!

    • Returning after a few months to correct myself. Deriding the columnist for that example was certainly my fault. The verb is of course intransitive but it is not a passive construction. It is only be + past participle as adjective. I regret my harsh words here, although the columnist would deserve them elsewhere.

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