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slovenly

[sluhv-uh n-lee]
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adjective, slov·en·li·er, slov·en·li·est.
  1. untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.
  2. characteristic of a sloven; slipshod: slovenly work.
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adverb
  1. in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner.
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Origin of slovenly

First recorded in 1505–15; sloven + -ly
Related formsslov·en·li·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. sluttish, slatternly. 2. careless, loose, disorderly.

Antonyms

1. neat. 2. careful.
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Examples from the Web for slovenliness

Historical Examples

  • Books were strewn here and there, but there was no slovenliness or untidiness; and, ha!

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • Too little attention to dress and surroundings is slovenliness.

    Practical Ethics

    William DeWitt Hyde

  • "This is not disorder, but the usual Russian slovenliness," Markelov replied gloomily.

    Virgin Soil

    Ivan S. Turgenev

  • It may be marked by neatness and propriety, or by slovenliness and want of taste.

  • Griseldas raggedness must not be construed into slovenliness.

    Chaucer for Children

    Mrs. H. R. Haweis


British Dictionary definitions for slovenliness

slovenly

adjective
  1. frequently or habitually unclean or untidy
  2. negligent and careless; slipshodslovenly manners
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adverb
  1. in a negligent or slovenly manner
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Derived Formsslovenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for slovenliness

slovenly

adj.

1510s, "low, base, lewd," later "untidy, dirty" (1560s), from sloven + -ly (1). Related: Slovenliness; also in this sense was slovenry (1540s), which OED reports in common use early 17c.

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