slovenly

[ sluhv-uhn-lee ]
/ ˈslʌv ən li /

adjective, slov·en·li·er, slov·en·li·est.

untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.
characteristic of a sloven; slipshod: slovenly work.

adverb

in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner.

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Origin of slovenly

First recorded in 1505–15; sloven + -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM slovenly

slov·en·li·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for slovenliness

slovenly
/ (ˈslʌvənlɪ) /

adjective

frequently or habitually unclean or untidy
negligent and careless; slipshodslovenly manners

adverb

in a negligent or slovenly manner

Derived forms of slovenly

slovenliness, noun
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