I should be sorry you were an egregious fop; but I protest that, of the two, I would rather have you a fop than a sloven.
The sloven becomes the bungler, and the bungler is on the high road to failure.
A dog's-eared carpet marks the sloven as well as the dog's-eared book.
He had seen the sloven tilled decks and the savage-eyed crew.
Having been a coxcomb in his youth, Fox was now degenerating into the sloven.
As to his being a sloven in dress, is that what they say about him?
He wondered what the forces might be which had brought such a daughter to this sloven, this virago.
To wit ‘a sloven’ and ‘a glutton’; Perhaps his weakness was Scotch Mutton.
In France, a knave is dressed like a fop; and in the northern countries, like a sloven.
Nothing must be sloven or slipshod; every door, every fence, must be kept in repair.
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.