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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SLOVEN

Having been a coxcomb in his youth, Fox was now degenerating into the sloven.

The sloven becomes the bungler, and the bungler is on the high road to failure.

He had seen the sloven tilled decks and the savage-eyed crew.

As to his being a sloven in dress, is that what they say about him?

The sloven and the dude are both slaves; but in different ways.

To wit ‘a sloven’ and ‘a glutton’; Perhaps his weakness was Scotch Mutton.

Nothing must be sloven or slipshod; every door, every fence, must be kept in repair.

The obvious disadvantage is the encouragement it offers to the sloven.

He is a sloven, indeed, who would crop his peach-orchard with grass or grain.

A sloven, except on Sundays and courting-days, and then only clean on the outside.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "immoral woman," later (16c.) also "rascal, knave" (regardless of gender); probably from a continental Germanic source, cf. Middle Flemish sloovin "a scold," sloef "untidy, shabby," Dutch slof "careless, negligent," Middle Low German sloven "put on clothes carelessly," from Proto-Germanic *slaubjan, from PIE *sleubh- "to slide, slip" (see sleeve). Meaning "person careless of dress or negligent of cleanliness" is from 1520s. Cf. also slut.

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