- characteristic of a sloven
- careless in appearance, habits, work, etc.; untidy; slipshod
Vince's slovenly appearance at the office is not very professional.
When someone has messy and uncombed hair and dirty clothing, this is an example of a person who would be described as slovenly.
- Untidy, as in dress or appearance.
- Marked by negligence; careless or slipshod: a slovenly legal defense. See Synonyms at sloppy.
(comparative slovenlier, superlative slovenliest)
sloven +"Ž -ly
- The same cause may account for the somewhat slovenly Syriac style.
- The Pathan, however, is a slovenly cultivator and slow to adopt any new methods which involve increased effort.
- On the other hand, the rhyme is regularly maintained; although, especially in the later pieces, after a very slovenly fashion.
- Large districts still clung to the old common-field system, to the old habits of ploughing with teams of four or eight, and to slovenly methods of cultivation.
- The fact is that as English companies for foreign trade had long been in chartered existence, Scotsmen and Scottish capital had no profitable outlets, while agriculture was conducted on slovenly medieval or prehistoric methods; and only the linen trade of the country was really flourishing.