flaccid, saggy, loose (The core them is a lack of inner physical tension.)
Opposite (closest): steif
A quick look at the meaning of "ausschlafen" and its brothers "verschlafen" and "einschlafen". Also: some grammar... yawn!
ausschlafen, verschlafen, einschlafen, schlapp, schlaff, der Schlaf, der Lappen
The core idea of this root was:
weak, lack of tension, hanging down, gliding down
According to DWDS.de, the main etymological source I am using, it’s the root of sleep and the Latin labi, which was about weak, collapsing.
(English sources do not agree with this connection and list the root of sleep as sleb-, but the core idea of weak is the same)
The Latin labi is the origin of words like lapse, collapse, labor and elaborate.
Other members are sleep and lip.
Can u clarify the difference between, locker and schlaff ?
is “locker” more like “not in place” ? as in “the screw is loose”
and “schlaff” is “slime like” ?
Yeah, schlaff is not about something not being fixed. It is about something that can be rigid or extended but has no tension in it.
Think of muscles, skin or the man’s little fellow.
But not slime like… schlaff has no notion of being slippery or wet or gooey.