Green’s Dictionary of Slang

slewfoot n.

also sluefoot

1. (US) a shambling or clumsy person; also as a term of address; thus slew-footed/slue-footed.

[UK]Newcastle Courant 4 Feb. 2/3: Brudder Slewfoot, parse de hat!
[UK]Wellington jrnl 12 Jan. 3/3: Brother Slewfoot ain’t dat kind ob a man.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:v 371: slue-foot(ed), adj. Having big ugly feet; also having twisted or crooked feet.
[UK]Sheffield Wkly Teleg. 14 Apr. 14/2: ‘Certainly, Slewfoot! I will wirte that you are a chronic optimist and an inveterate kleptomaniac’.
[US]E. O’Brien One Way Ticket 73: What you mumblin’ about, Slewfoot?
[US]J. Archibald ‘Klump a la Carte’ Popular Det. July [Internet] .
[US]H.B. Allen ‘Pejorative Terms for Midwest Farmers’ in AS XXXIII:4 265: [...] slue foot.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[US]Irving Jones ‘Lucinda’ [lyrics] Dere’s a big black coon called slew-foot Jim.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:v 371: slue-foot(ed), adj. Having big ugly feet; also having twisted or crooked feet.
[US]H. Wiley Wildcat 102: Ah neveh seed such a slew-foot triflin’ outfit.
[US]J. Peterkin Bright Skin 24: Don’ make me talk bout dat slue-foot devil.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1995) 43: You ole battle-hammed, slew-foot, box-ankled nubbin, you!
[US]J. Conroy World to Win 17: Told him t’ take the dollar and go down t’ Slue-Foot Bessie’s.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 31: Old slew-foot Nietzsche. Bombed out of his gourd by the nowhereness of it all.

3. a police officer; a (private) detective; also attrib.

Leigh Chron. 29 Mar. 2/3: ‘Ah, you are Olt Slewfoot ain’d it? Und vot iss your game?’ ‘I’m searching for a suspicious.’ ‘Are you on his track?’.
[US]H. Simon ‘Prison Dict.’ in AS VIII:3 (1933) 31/2: SLEWFOOT. Detective.
[US]A. Hardin ‘Volstead English’ in AS VII:2 85: Terms referring to representatives of the law: [...] Slewfoot.
[US]J. Archibald ‘Bird Cagey’ in Popular Detective Jan. [Internet] I am glad to see that some of the slewfoots have a fragment of brain.
[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl. 46: slewfoot – a detective.
[US]J. Archibald ‘Defective Bureau’ in Popular Detective [Internet] I tol’ you not to go buttin’ in, di’n’t I, you comic book slewfoot.
[US]J. Archibald ‘Klump a la Carte’ Popular Det. July [Internet] The bonafide slewfoot hiked to the phone booth.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 197/2: Slewfoot. A detective.
[US]A. Zugsmith Beat Generation 50: It’s just the place for slewfoot suckers.