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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SLOVENLY

Yes, you've taken to mucking your work—doing it in a most slovenly way.

She was directed by a slovenly maid to a room on an upper floor, and left there.

Careless, slovenly and wasteful as I knew him to be, he was not mean.

It is a grievous thing to note how slovenly this part of the service is in some places.

He lived in a large, stone house, kept in rather a slovenly manner.

"No, I'll go out after that kicker," he said, ashamed of his slovenly work.

There was already a look of slovenly age about his stooping bookworm's gait.

It was a slovenly word, a makeshift for the hard broom of clean thought.

Earth dirt he had no objection to; slovenly dirt was as abhorrent to him as vice.

In dress, although far from slovenly, he was by no means particular.

WORD ORIGIN

1510s, "low, base, lewd," later "untidy, dirty" (1560s), from sloven + -ly (1). Related: Slovenliness; also in this sense was slovenry (1540s), which OED reports in common use early 17c.

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