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sloven

[ sluhv-uhn ]
/ ˈslʌv ən /
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noun

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.

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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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sloven
/ (ˈslʌvən) /

noun

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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