a : untidy especially in personal appearance
b : lazily slipshod <slovenly in thought>
: characteristic of a sloven <slovenly habits>
— slo·ven·li·ness noun
— slovenly adverb
Examples of SLOVENLY
- He dressed in a slovenly manner.
- <for the sake of their image, the band members transformed themselves from clean-cut lads to slovenly rockers>
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Related to SLOVENLY
- blowsy (also blowzy), dowdy, frowsy (or frowzy), slobbish, slobby, sloven, sloppy, unkempt, untidy
- dapper, dashing, dolled up, sharp, smart, spruce
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