- 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.
- At his death in 1786 he was succeeded by his son Charles, the notorious "Jockey of Norfolk," the big, coarse, generous, slovenly, hard-drinking Whig of whom all the memoirwriters of his age have their anecdotes.
- 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.
- It would be difficult to name a more slovenly, a more worthless edition of any great classic.'