Definition of slovenly
1a : untidy especially in personal appearanceb : lazily slipshod slovenly in thought
2 : characteristic of a sloven slovenly habits
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 of slovenly from the Web
Quinn’s slovenly, entitled boss and sometime lover, Chet, played by Craig Bierko, is a sloppy, sweatpants-wearing embodiment of gender double standards among TV honchos.
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First Known Use of slovenly
SLOVENLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of slovenly for English Language Learners
: messy or untidy
: done in a careless way
SLOVENLY Defined for Kids
Definition of slovenly for Students
1 : personally untidy
2 : very careless
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