slov·​en·​ly | \ ˈslə-vən-lē also ˈslä- How to pronounce slovenly (audio) \

Definition of slovenly

1a : untidy especially in personal appearance
b : lazily slipshod slovenly in thought
2 : characteristic of a sloven slovenly habits

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Other Words from slovenly

slovenliness noun
slovenly adverb

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Examples of slovenly in a Sentence

He dressed in a slovenly manner. for the sake of their image, the band members transformed themselves from clean-cut lads to slovenly rockers
Recent Examples on the Web Fat people were typically shown as sexless, slovenly, and utterly devoid of inner lives. Kate Harding, Teen Vogue, "How Far Have We Really Come for Fat Acceptance?," 26 Aug. 2019 Rees-Mogg was appointed by the famously slovenly Boris Johnson. Burbank Leader, "A Word, Please: New leader of Britain’s House of Commons imposes unusual grammar rules," 22 Aug. 2019 That’s not to say the filmmaking is slovenly or the acting lacks commitment, but the observations regarding Montreal’s homeless population and the inequities of our entire global economic capitalist system become, well, fishy. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "‘Fall of the American Empire’ is annoyingly preachy," 11 July 2019 That’s not to say the filmmaking is slovenly, or the acting lacks commitment. Michael Phillips,, "‘Fall of the American Empire’ review: a Montreal caper, with a little philosophy on the side," 10 July 2019 Still wounded by his father’s betrayal, Zach dresses like a homeless person, lives in a slovenly rat trap of an apartment with two dogs, and speaks with good-humored, obscenity-laced bitterness about the past. Peter Keough,, "In Focus: Back to a future that didn’t go according to plan," 20 June 2019 One example concerns a particularly slovenly soldier. Robert Chandler, The New Yorker, "How the Soviet Literary Establishment Censored Vasily Grossman," 19 June 2019 Be a little slovenly in the garden; leave some old broken stems and let a little bare dirt show. Hannah Nordhaus, WSJ, "‘Buzz’ and ‘Our Native Bees’ Review: Give Bees a Chance," 12 July 2018 People think junkies and alcoholics are slovenly, unmotivated people. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Simon Pegg opens up about his struggle with alcoholism and recovery: 'It was just terrible'," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of slovenly

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of slovenly was circa 1568

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English Language Learners Definition of slovenly

: messy or untidy
: done in a careless way


slov·​en·​ly | \ ˈslə-vən-lē How to pronounce slovenly (audio) \

Kids Definition of slovenly

1 : personally untidy
2 : very careless

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