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One who is habitually careless in personal appearance or work.

[Middle English slovein, perhaps from Middle Flemish sloovin, a scold, gossip, from Middle Low German slôven, to dress carelessly; akin to Dutch sloof, untidy woman; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.]


a person who is habitually negligent in appearance, hygiene, or work
[C15: probably related to Flemish sloef dirty, Dutch slof negligent]


(ˈslʌv ən)

1. a person who is habitually unclean or untidy in dress, appearance, or the like.
2. a person who works, acts, speaks, etc., in a negligent, slipshod manner.
[1400–50; late Middle English sloveyn, perhaps < Middle Dutch slof careless + -inne feminine n. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sloven - a coarse obnoxious personsloven - a coarse obnoxious person    
litter lout, litterbug, litterer - a person who litters public places with refuse
slovenly woman, slut, trollop, slattern - a dirty untidy woman
vulgarian - a vulgar person (especially someone who makes a vulgar display of wealth)


[ˈslʌvn] N (in appearance) → persona f desgarbada, persona f desaseada; (at work) → vago/a m/f


nSchlampe f (pej inf); (= man)Schlamper m (inf)
References in classic literature ?
In France, a knave is dressed like a fop; and in the northern countries, like a sloven.
Nothing must be sloven or slipshod; every door, every fence, must be kept in repair.
His habit was very proper for a merry-andrew, being a dirty calico, with hanging sleeves, tassels, and cuts and slashes almost on every side: it covered a taffety vest, so greasy as to testify that his honour must be a most exquisite sloven.
He had seen the sloven tilled decks and the savage-eyed crew.
I could better eat with one who did not respect the truth or the laws than with a sloven and unpresentable person.
A slouching, moody, drunken sloven, wasted by intemperance and vice, and with his matted hair and unshorn beard in wild disorder; but, with some traces on him, too, of having been a man of good proportion and good features in his youth.
26) Konsey, Kuzey Arnavutluk'u istila eden Sirp, Hirvat ve Sloven Kralligi'ni ve Bulgaristan topraklarini istila eden Yunanistan'i, askeri guclerini cekmeye ikna etmisti.
See Sloven, supra note 232, at 680-81 (stating that superseding causes of harm that may remove the defendant from liability are analyzed in later elements of the negligence analysis).
DRAZEL A Corn stalks B Drag-net C A sloven who am I?
The Sloven formula was used in the sampling procedure.
AZ Alkmr also snatched a late win at Sloven Liberec following a mistake by goalkeeper Premysl Kovar, who spilled Nemanja Gudelj's free kick and allowed Nick Viergever to score into an empty goal in the 89th minute.
Too sloven, / That is, to even set axe to clean wood" (Audubon II.