slovenly
adjective Date: circa 1568 1. a. untidy especially in personal appearance b. lazily slipshod <
slovenly in thought
>
2. characteristic of a sloven <
slovenly habits
>
slovenliness nounslovenly adverb

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  • Slovenly — Slov en*ly, a. 1. Having the habits of a sloven; negligent of neatness and order, especially in dress. [1913 Webster] A slovenly, lazy fellow, lolling at his ease. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. Characteristic of a sloven; lacking neatness and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slovenly — Slov en*ly, adv. a slovenly manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slovenly — [sluv′ən lē] adj. slovenlier, slovenliest 1. characteristic of a sloven 2. careless in appearance, habits, work, etc.; untidy; slipshod adv. in a slovenly manner slovenliness n …   English World dictionary

  • slovenly — index disorderly, lax, negligent, slipshod, sordid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • slovenly — 1510s, low, base, lewd, later untidy, dirty (1560s), from SLOVEN (Cf. sloven) + LY (Cf. ly) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • slovenly — *slipshod, unkempt, disheveled, sloppy Analogous words: *slatternly, dowdy, frowzy, blowsy: *indifferent, unconcerned: *negligent, neglectful, slack, lax, remiss Contrasted words: *orderly, methodical: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • slovenly — is used as both adjective and adverb; the form slovenlily would be too awkward and is not used …   Modern English usage

  • slovenly — [adj] dirty, disordered bedraggled, botched, careless, dingy, disheveled, disorderly, dowdy, down at the heel*, frowzy*, frumpy*, grody*, grubby, grungy*, heedless, icky*, loose, messed up*, messy, mussy, negligent, pigpen*, raunchy, seedy, slack …   New thesaurus

  • slovenly — ► ADJECTIVE 1) untidy and dirty. 2) careless; excessively casual. DERIVATIVES slovenliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • slovenly — UK [ˈslʌv(ə)nlɪ] / US adjective Word forms slovenly : adjective slovenly comparative slovenlier superlative slovenliest careless, or untidy slovenly habits a slovenly man Derived word: slovenliness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

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