Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Untidy, as in dress or appearance.
  • adj. Marked by negligence; slipshod. See Synonyms at sloppy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having an untidy appearance; unkempt.
  • adj. Careless or negligent; sloppy.
  • adj. Unwashed, dirty, disorderly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the habits of a sloven; negligent of neatness and order, especially in dress.
  • adj. Characteristic of a sloven; lacking neatness and order; evincing negligence.
  • adv. a slovenly manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the habits of a sloven; negligent of dress or neatness; lazy; negligent: of persons: as, a slovenly man.
  • Wanting neatness or tidiness; loose; negligent; careless: of things: as, a slovenly dress.
  • Synonyms Untidy, dowdy, heedless, careless.
  • In a slovenly manner; negligently; carelessly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt

Etymologies

sloven +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nothing is more adverse to legal study than what may be called the slovenly habit of mind which is sometimes found even in intelligent people — the habit of mind which knows nothing correctly, which remembers nothing distinctly, which cannot be depended on to state a fact truly, or to carry a point from one case to another.

    Sermons on Faith and Doctrine by the Late Benjamin Jowett, M.A., Master of Balliol College

  • Even in the greatest stress of emotion the power of self-control must never be lost; you must never allow yourself to sing in a slovenly, that is, in a heedless, way, or to exceed your powers, or even to reach their extreme limit.

    How to Sing [Meine Gesangskunst]

  • A crack for a penknife, the waste of 'six-and-thirty shillings,' 'the loss of a day or a tide,' in each of these he saw and was revolted by the finger of the sloven; and to spirits intense as his, and immersed in vital undertakings, the slovenly is the dishonest, and wasted time is instantly translated into lives endangered.

    Records of a Family of Engineers

  • ‘the loss of a day or a tide,’ in each of these he saw and was revolted by the finger of the sloven; and to spirits intense as his, and immersed in vital undertakings, the slovenly is the dishonest, and wasted time is instantly translated into lives endangered.

    Records of a Family of Engineers

  • If you hunt on public land and are not covered in the latest Mossy Oak garb and stainless steel weaponry from head to toe, you're looked on as some kind of slovenly hillbilly, unworthy to even be in the field let alone shoot anything.

    A NEW BREED OF HUNTER

  • I was thinking of Mr. Unfunny today before this email convo went down and my exact though of him was that he is "slovenly".

    wilberteets Diary Entry

  • When my only slightly adapted version turned out to be delicious, but kind of slovenly looking, I went back to the magazine article to check on what the professional ones looked like.

    Savory Rugelach with Olives, Onions, and Capers

  • Speakers expressed concern over the lack of security in the operation of their businesses and criticised the "slovenly" manner in which the police dealt with crime reported by the business community.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • After that second look, the notion forced itself into his mind, that he had certainly seen a face somewhere, of which that sot's face appeared like a kind of slovenly copy.

    A House to Let

  • To attempt a confutation of such persons would be superfluous; and indeed I have no more to say for those who contend for such a sordid and mean condition of the church, but that in this they do not so much speak their devotion as their education; it being generally found that a slovenly way of breeding disposes men to a kind of slovenly religion.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. II.

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