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slovenly

Line breaks: slov|en¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈslʌv(ə)nli
 
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Definition of slovenly in English:

adjective

1(Especially of a person or their appearance) untidy and dirty: a fat, slovenly ex-rock star
More example sentences
  • Yet despite his slovenly appearance, somehow Araki is always followed by lovely young ladies in kimonos and gangs of sharp-dressed yes men.
  • But, you also say that the big boss doesn't take your co-worker's slovenly appearance quite as seriously as you do.
  • The primary point of the character is to provide a source of gross-out humor, as the group reacts to his slovenly appearance and phlegmy cough.
Synonyms
1.1(Especially of a person or action) careless; excessively casual: slovenly speech
More example sentences
  • But T-shirts stretched over protruding bellies, shorts exposing hairy legs, and toes sprouting out of sandals are not casual - they're slovenly.
  • Then again, if he's objecting to your haphazard grammar and slovenly spelling, he has a point.
  • You can't let it out of control, though, otherwise you'll grow slovenly and disgusting.
Synonyms
careless, slapdash, slipshod, disorganized, unorganized, unsystematic, unmethodical, haphazard, hit-or-miss, untidy, messy, thoughtless, negligent, neglectful, lax, lackadaisical, slack
informal sloppy, slap-happy, couldn't-care-less

Derivatives

slovenliness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • They went on to accuse the by-then dead Sherburn of sloppy scholarship, slovenliness in proofreading, deception, ruthless and clumsy editing, prudery, censorship, and the hostile trivialization of a great work of Western literature.
  • George Orwell wrote that the English language ‘becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.’
  • He told ludicrous stories about seeing empty bottles and litter piled ‘one meter deep’ along roadsides in America, illustrating our environmental slovenliness.

Words that rhyme with slovenly

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