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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.]
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a person who is habitually negligent in appearance, hygiene, or work
[C15: probably related to Flemish sloef dirty, Dutch slof negligent]
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(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]
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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, trollop, slattern - a dirty untidy woman
vulgarian - a vulgar person (especially someone who makes a vulgar display of wealth)
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[ˈslʌvn] N (in appearance) → persona f desgarbada, persona f desaseada; (at work) → vago/a m/f
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nSchlampe f (pej inf); (= man)Schlamper m (inf)
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References in classic literature ?
In France, a knave is dressed like a fop; and in the northern countries, like a sloven. But human nature is everywhere the same, everywhere the object of detestation and scorn.
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. His horse was a poor, starved, hobbling creature, and two slaves followed him on foot to drive the poor creature along; he had a whip in his hand, and he belaboured the beast as fast about the head as his slaves did about the tail; and thus he rode by us, with about ten or twelve servants, going from the city to his country seat, about half a league before us.
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.
"I would have made a point of not putting it on." But in any case he could not remain a cynic and a dirty sloven; he had no right to offend the feelings of others, especially when they were in need of his assistance and asking him to see them.
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.
The 23-year-old has already experienced football on the continent with loan spells at Sloven Liberec and Hellas Verona.
Joseph-Ogden), Lon Scheuerell (Orangeville) and Galen Sloven (Oblong).
The Czech goalkeeper became the Buddies third signing of the window last week as he penned an 18-month deal from Sloven Liberec.
People have already started to reconsider their sourcing arrangements," said Larry Sloven, who has been sourcing and manufacturing in China for three decades.