Origin of sloven
Examples from the Web for sloven
Keinohoomanawanui, a sloven, one persistently unclean, p. 88.
I was just finishing breakfast; I hadn't done my hair; if you must know, I was rather a sloven at that time.The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions
Then Kakuhihewa told them the whole story of the light seen in the mountains, and of the wishes of Kalelealuaka and the Sloven.
Johnson defended Kit Smart, the sloven, (mockery of a name,) having himself no great predilection for clean linen.
In France, a knave is dressed like a fop; and in the northern countries, like a sloven.The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling|Henry Fielding
Word Origin 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.