slovenly

adjective
slov·en·ly | \ˈslə-vən-lē also ˈslä- \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for slovenly

Synonyms

blowsy (also blowzy), dowdy, frowsy (or frowzy), slobby, sloppy, unkempt, untidy

Antonyms

dapper, dashing, dolled up, sharp, smart, spruce

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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

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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. Maria Yagoda, PEOPLE.com, "'There Was a Lot of Pain': 15 Stars on Their Experiences with Addiction," 10 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 Christopher Oram has designed a picturesque, if slovenly, storybook cottage of a set. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Orlando Bloom and Aidan Turner Are Drenched in Blood in London," 4 July 2018 The stiff-legged chair and shapeless pillow combine to suggest a slovenly human form. Robert Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking at architecture from the inside out," 10 May 2018 Yet sweatpants seem too slovenly for everyday wear. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Can Men Wear Sweatpants to a Fancy Party Now?," 1 May 2018 From Brooklyn hipsters to the nice people of Dallas, who desperately want to be perceived as urban sophisticates, the new uniform is simply a more comfortable replacement (more slovenly, many would say) for the old uniform. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Devil May Care," 10 Jan. 2018 Bohan mined the humanity of two unremarkable men - Sam, a janitor cleaning up after slovenly patrons, and Brian, shooting up in his mom's basement - to deliver searing, empathetic portraits of loneliness and addiction. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Year in Review 2017: From 'Junkie' to 'Lizzie,' standouts on Northeast Ohio stages," 28 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of slovenly

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Dictionary Entries near slovenly

sloven

Slovene

Slovenia

slovenly

slovenness

slovenry

Slovincian

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slovenly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of slovenly

: messy or untidy

: done in a careless way

slovenly

adjective
slov·en·ly | \ˈslə-vən-lē \

Kids Definition of slovenly

1 : personally untidy

2 : very careless

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