Slovenly

  • 1 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

  • 2 Slovenly — Slov en*ly, adv. a slovenly manner. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 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

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

    Modern English usage

  • 8 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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 noun • slovenly adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 slovenly — slov|en|ly [ˈslʌvənli] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: sloven dirty messy person (15 21 centuries), probably from Flemish sloovin woman of bad character ] lazy, untidy, and careless ▪ slovenly habits ▪ a large slovenly woman ▪ a slovenly way of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 slovenly — slov|en|ly [ slʌvnli ] adjective careless or messy: slovenly habits a slovenly man ╾ slov|en|li|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 slovenly — [[t]slʌ̱v(ə)nli[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) Slovenly people are careless, untidy, or inefficient. Lisa was irritated by the slovenly attitude of her boyfriend Sean. Syn: sloppy …

    English dictionary

  • 15 slovenly — adjective 1) his slovenly appearance Syn: scruffy, untidy, messy, unkempt, ill groomed, slatternly, disheveled, bedraggled, tousled, rumpled, frowzy; informal slobbish, slobby, raggedy, scuzzy Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 slovenly — slovenliness, n. /sluv euhn lee/, adj., slovenlier, liest, adv. adj. 1. untidy or unclean in appearance or habits. 2. characteristic of a sloven; slipshod: slovenly work. adv. 3. in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner. [1505 15; SLOVEN + LY]… …

    Universalium

  • 17 slovenly — adjective lazy and untidy and not caring about your appearance: The landlady was fat and slovenly. slovenliness noun (U): a man with shabby clothes and a general air of slovenliness …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 slovenly — slov•en•ly [[t]ˈslʌv ən li[/t]] adj. li•er, li•est, adv. 1) untidy or unclean in appearance or habits 2) characteristic of a sloven; slipshod: slovenly work[/ex] 3) in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner • Etymology: 1505–15 slov′en•li•ness,… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 slovenly — /ˈslʌvənli/ (say sluvuhnlee) adjective (slovenlier, slovenliest) 1. having the habits of a sloven; untidy. 2. characteristic of a sloven; slipshod. –adverb 3. in a slovenly manner. –slovenliness, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 slovenly — adj. & adv. adj. careless and untidy; unmethodical. adv. in a slovenly manner. Derivatives: slovenliness n …

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