[ UK /slˈʌvənli/ ]
[ US /ˈsɫəvənɫi/ ]
  1. negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt
    slovenly appearance
    frowzy white hair
    filled the door with her frowzy bulk
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How To Use slovenly In A Sentence

  • 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
  • Since then Maurice had seen him roaming about here and there, looking slovenly. TEN STEPS TO HAPPINESS
  • 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
  • On the other hand, this site says 'Blouse' has for 300 years or more been English slang for a very unseemly woman, from 'blowze', which was slang for a slovenly woman, prostitute or 'beggars wench' as the OED quaintly puts it. Pen-Elayne on the Web
  • No longer attend work in clothes that have not been ironed, this is the sign of a slovenly worker, and thus a slovenly intellect.
  • Their masks are slovenly and childish - many are monstrous; none of them can see how grotesque they are.
  • Those terrible overalls would make anyone look slovenly.
  • Often slovenly and untidy, she dressed to draw attention to her figure, and the history of her love affairs and marriages provided a basis for much talk.
  • A "spouter" we knew her to be as soon as we saw her, by her cranes and boats, and by her stump top-gallant masts, and a certain slovenly look to the sails, rigging, spars and hull; and when we got on board, we found everything to correspond, - spouter fashion. Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative
  • You can't let it out of control, though, otherwise you'll grow slovenly and disgusting.
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