[sluhv-uh n]


a person who is habitually negligent of neatness or cleanliness in dress, appearance, etc.
a person who works, acts, speaks, etc., in a negligent, slipshod manner.

Origin of sloven

1400–50; late Middle English sloveyn, perhaps < Middle Dutch slof careless (Dutch slof careless, sloven to toil) + -inne feminine noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sloven

hog, ragamuffin, boor, slattern, tatterdemalion, swine, sloven, pig

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British Dictionary definitions for sloven



a person who is habitually negligent in appearance, hygiene, or work

Word Origin for sloven

C15: probably related to Flemish sloef dirty, Dutch slof negligent
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Word Origin and History for sloven

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.

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