sloven

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sloven a coarse obnoxious person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sloven A man or boy habitually negligent of neathess and order; -- the correlative term to slattern, or slut. "He became a confirmed sloven ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sloven A person who is careless of dress or negligent of cleanliness; a person who is habitually negligent of neatness and order; also, a careless and lazy person. Sloven is given in the older grammars as the masculine correlative of slut; but the words have no connection, and the relation, such as it is, is accidental. Slut, as now used, is much stronger and more offensive.
    • n sloven A knave; a rascal.
    • n sloven Same as Slovene.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sloven sluv′n a man carelessly or dirtily dressed
    • adv Sloven negligently
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. slaf, careless, negligent, a sloven; akin to LG. sluf, slovenly

Usage

In literature:

If it were merely slovenly and neglected, however, all this might be endured.
"Early Reviews of English Poets" by John Louis Haney
You rhyme in a slovenly manner.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Our style of farming is slovenly, dawdling, and stupid, and the waste, especially in manure, is immense.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
He was quite sober now, and his speech, although slovenly, was not indelicate.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
They were slovenly in appearance, and wore a look of discontent and hopelessness.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
Erasmus ascribes the frequent plagues in England to the nastiness, and dirt, and slovenly habits among the people.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
His person was ungraceful, his dress slovenly, his voice untonable, his elocution homely, tedious, obscure, and embarrassed.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
Her maid was sick, and she was slovenly.
"Six to Sixteen" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Whenever you see that a young man's work is either bold or slovenly, then you may attack it firmly; sure of being right.
"A Joy For Ever" by John Ruskin
Answer me that, you slip-shod sloven?
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
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In poetry:

Person of the shakeless grouch
Tamperer with the cream,
Idler, lounger, sloven, slouch
Despot of the steam--
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
"O my chamber's untidied, unmade my bed,
Though the day has begun to wear!
'What a slovenly hussif!' it will be said,
When they all go up my stair!"
"The Slow Nature" by Thomas Hardy
To believe beyond heart's flare
No fire is, nor in any book proof
Sun hoists soul up after lids fall shut;
So she wills all to the black king.
The worst sloven
"Vanity Fair" by Sylvia Plath
Over a scurf of rocks the tide
Wanders inward far and wide,
Lifting the sea-weed's sloven hair,
Filling the pools and foaming there,
Sighing, sighing everywhere.
"The Athiest" by Cale Young Rice
And dress nor slovenly nor gay,
Nor sternly act; nor trifling play;
Still keep the golden middle way
Whate'er betide you;
And ne'er through giddy pleasures stray,
Though fools deride you.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte

In news:

It was universally panned as the worst planned, worst executed, most slovenly, strident and obnoxious peace action ever committed.
Ave you ever had the feeling that your children are turning into beasts -- chimpanzees, maybe, or slovenly, lazy, greedy brown bears.
Maybe this particular financial planner 's clients didn't mind his slovenly appearance, but that doesn't mean his colleagues' clients would feel the same way.
In the aftermath of World War I, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is proclaimed.
All this randomness is leading somewhere," insists the slovenly slacker referred to in the title of Jay and Mark Duplass' mumblecore-inflected comedy "Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
Our variation on the sloppy Joe, the equally slovenly "Tom," has all the sass and sauciness of the traditional version, but it's made with lean ground turkey instead of ground beef.
Slovene trade unions stage mass protest against budget cuts.
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In science:

Plesn´ık, Connectivity of regular graphs and the existence of 1-factors, Mat. ˇCasopis Sloven.
Exponentially many perfect matchings in cubic graphs
Schmidt, Zur Charakterisierung der Kongruenzverb¨ande der Verb¨ande, Mat. ˇCasopis Sloven.
A survey of recent results on congruence lattices of lattices
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