slovenly

adjective slov·en·ly \ ˈslə-vən-lē also ˈslä- \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of slovenly

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

slovenliness

noun

slovenly

adverb

Examples of slovenly in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of slovenly

circa 1568


SLOVENLY Defined for English Language Learners

slovenly

adjective

Definition of slovenly for English Language Learners

  • : messy or untidy

  • : done in a careless way


SLOVENLY Defined for Kids

slovenly

adjective slov·en·ly \ ˈslə-vən-lē \

Definition of slovenly for Students

1 : personally untidy
2 : very careless


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