I should be sorry you were an egregious fop; but I protest that, of the two, I would rather have you a fop than a sloven.
To wit ‘a sloven’ and ‘a glutton’; Perhaps his weakness was Scotch Mutton.
A dog's-eared carpet marks the sloven as well as the dog's-eared book.
Nothing must be sloven or slipshod; every door, every fence, must be kept in repair.
Having been a coxcomb in his youth, Fox was now degenerating into the sloven.
The sloven becomes the bungler, and the bungler is on the high road to failure.
He wondered what the forces might be which had brought such a daughter to this sloven, this virago.
He had seen the sloven tilled decks and the savage-eyed crew.
In France, a knave is dressed like a fop; and in the northern countries, like a sloven.
As to his being a sloven in dress, is that what they say about him?
late 15c., "immoral woman," later (16c.) also "rascal, knave" (regardless of gender); probably from a continental Germanic source, cf. Middle Flemish sloovin "a scold," sloef "untidy, shabby," Dutch slof "careless, negligent," Middle Low German sloven "put on clothes carelessly," from Proto-Germanic *slaubjan, from PIE *sleubh- "to slide, slip" (see sleeve). Meaning "person careless of dress or negligent of cleanliness" is from 1520s. Cf. also slut.