slovenly

[sluhv-uhn-lee]
adjective, slovenlier, slovenliest.
1.
untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.
2.
characteristic of a sloven; slipshod: slovenly work.
adverb
3.
in an untidy, careless, or slipshod manner.

Origin:
1505–15; sloven + -ly

slovenliness, noun


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


1. neat. 2. careful.
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slovenly (ˈslʌvənlɪ)
 
adj
1.  frequently or habitually unclean or untidy
2.  negligent and careless; slipshod: slovenly manners
 
adv
3.  in a negligent or slovenly manner
 
'slovenliness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

slovenly
1510s, "low, base, lewd," later "untidy, dirty" (1560s), from sloven "immoral woman" (mid-15c.), later also "rascal, knave" (regardless of gender); probably from M.Flem. sloovin "a scold," related to sloef "untidy, shabby," from P.Gmc. *slup- + O.Fr. suffix -ain, from L. -anus.
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Example sentences
Ian is horrified by the rude, slovenly creature with whom he shares his dim,
  cozy apartment.
As a result they quickly gained a reputation as being slovenly, worthless and
  lazy.
Tastefully designed, splendidly made, and yet cheaper than if they were the
  slovenly kind usually offered.
The be holder is pretty sure to judge the writer both care less and slovenly.
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