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

Definition of slovenly

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

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 Our attempt to respectfully bind the national wounds becomes a lesser version of the Republicans’ capitulation to the slovenly ignorance of the Trumpers. Joe Klein, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 The slovenly man-child paired with the attractive partner is old hat, and the sitcom dynamic between sad-sack husband and nagging wife feels unintentionally regressive. New York Times, 29 June 2021 What could be better than being a slovenly hermit with no pressure to be social? Jill Kargman, Town & Country, 20 Apr. 2021 Pacific Gas & Electric, whose slovenly power grid caused numerous devastating wildfires in California, the worst of them killing 85 in the town of Paradise and destroying 18,000 buildings. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2020 Think of Silicon Valley, and the notoriously slovenly offices of early Facebook, sticky with beer. Penelope Green, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2020 In 2005, Pepe became a part of Furie’s comic Boy’s Club, a series about a silly, slovenly group of friends in an early-twenties funk. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 27 Jan. 2020 Back to the future: Marijuana advocates in Michigan aren’t thrilled with the state’s new anti-pot advertising campaign, which paints marijuana users as slovenly losers, the Detroit Free Press’ Craig Mauger reports. cleveland, 20 Jan. 2020 Gilbert and George would never shoulder such a slovenly accessory. The Economist, 15 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of slovenly

circa 1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 Jul 2022

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“Slovenly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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