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[sluhv-uh n]
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  1. a person who is habitually negligent of neatness or cleanliness in dress, appearance, etc.
  2. a person who works, acts, speaks, etc., in a negligent, slipshod manner.
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Origin of sloven

1400–50; late Middle English sloveyn, perhaps < Middle Dutch slof careless (Dutch slof careless, sloven to toil) + -inne feminine noun suffix
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Related Words for sloven

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

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Historical Examples of sloven

  • Having been a coxcomb in his youth, Fox was now degenerating into the sloven.

    Beaux and Belles of England

    Mary Robinson

  • The sloven becomes the bungler, and the bungler is on the high road to failure.

  • He had seen the sloven tilled decks and the savage-eyed crew.

    "Captains Courageous"

    Rudyard Kipling

  • As to his being a sloven in dress, is that what they say about him?

  • The sloven and the dude are both slaves; but in different ways.

    Practical Ethics

    William DeWitt Hyde

British Dictionary definitions for sloven


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