Definition of sloven in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsləvən/


A person who is habitually messy or careless.
Example sentences
  • He may have been king of the aesthetes and the quintessential dandy about town - but behind the bedroom door, Oscar Wilde lived the life of a careless sloven.
  • Yet Seibei is grave and self-possessed, not a sloven but a man committed to various duties-among them the care of his dotty mother and his two beloved children.
  • I help the auctioneer, the sloven does not half know his business.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'person with base manners'): perhaps from Flemish sloef 'dirty' or Dutch slof 'careless, negligent'.

Words that rhyme with sloven

coven, govern, misgovern, oven

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Syllabification: slov·en

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