Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is habitually careless in personal appearance or work.

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  • n. A man or boy habitually negligent of neatness and order; -- the male equivalent of slattern, or slut; untidy, dirty.
  • n. low, base, lewd
  • n. immoral woman

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man or boy habitually negligent of neathess and order; -- the correlative term to slattern, or slut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A knave; a rascal.
  • n. Same as Slovene.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a coarse obnoxious person

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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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From Middle Flemish sloovin ("a scold") related to sloef ("untidy, shabby"), from Proto-Germanic *slup- + Old French suffix -ain, from Latin -anus Related to slob, slow, sloth, slush, slurp, sloof, slattern, and slut.

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