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slovenly

[sluhv-uh n-lee] /ˈslʌv ən li/
adjective, slovenlier, slovenliest.
1.
untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.
2.
characteristic of a sloven; slipshod:
slovenly work.
adverb
3.
in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner.
Origin of slovenly
1505-1515
First recorded in 1505-15; sloven + -ly
Related forms
slovenliness, noun
Synonyms
1. sluttish, slatternly. 2. careless, loose, disorderly.
Antonyms
1. neat. 2. careful.
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Examples from the Web for slovenliness
Historical Examples
  • Books were strewn here and there, but there was no slovenliness or untidiness; and, ha!

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Too little attention to dress and surroundings is slovenliness.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • "This is not disorder, but the usual Russian slovenliness," Markelov replied gloomily.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • It may be marked by neatness and propriety, or by slovenliness and want of taste.

  • Griseldas raggedness must not be construed into slovenliness.

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • The whole room has an appearance of hopeless untidiness and slovenliness.

  • I explained to her what I wanted to do, apologizing for my slovenliness.

    The Long Day

    Dorothy Richardson
  • It was a mixture of luxury, barbarism, slovenliness and dirt.

    The Poniard's Hilt

    Eugne Sue
  • slovenliness in planning is as bad as slovenliness in expression.

    Public Speaking Clarence Stratton
  • The soil, the slovenliness, is washed out of every calling by its touch.

    At Home And Abroad Margaret Fuller Ossoli
British Dictionary definitions for slovenliness

slovenly

/ˈslʌvənlɪ/
adjective
1.
frequently or habitually unclean or untidy
2.
negligent and careless; slipshod: slovenly manners
adverb
3.
in a negligent or slovenly manner
Derived Forms
slovenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for slovenliness

slovenly

adj.

1510s, "low, base, lewd," later "untidy, dirty" (1560s), from sloven + -ly (1). Related: Slovenliness; also in this sense was slovenry (1540s), which OED reports in common use early 17c.

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