untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.
characteristic of a sloven; slipshod: slovenly work.
in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner.
- slov·en·li·ness, noun
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How to use slovenly in a sentence
You are thinking that someone as slovenly as I am must be a pain to live with.Gene Weingarten: Don’t just fix the problem. Kluge it. | Gene Weingarten | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
A toilet may be as offensive to good taste and propriety by being too elaborate, as by being slovenly.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Paper is cheap, and a half sheet looks both mean and slovenly.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
The park is one of the largest in England, but it showed many evidences of neglect and slovenly care.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
In France there is no such excuse, and therefore there should be no such slovenly waste.
His manner of carrying is as slovenly as all his other management.
British Dictionary definitions for slovenly
frequently or habitually unclean or untidy
negligent and careless; slipshod: slovenly manners
in a negligent or slovenly manner
- slovenliness, noun
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