adjective \ˈslə-vən-lē also ˈslä-\

: messy or untidy

: done in a careless way

Full Definition of SLOVENLY

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

  1. He dressed in a slovenly manner.
  2. <for the sake of their image, the band members transformed themselves from clean-cut lads to slovenly rockers>

First Known Use of SLOVENLY

circa 1568


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