from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being slovenly.
  • n. The result or product of being slovenly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being slovenly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being slovenly; negligence of dress; habitual want of cleanliness; neglect of order and neatness; also, negligence or carelessness generally.

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

  • n. a lack of order and tidiness; not cared for
  • n. habitual uncleanliness


From slovenly +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)


  • Indeed, her whole face lacked color, as did her personality, and the exquisite tea-gown which she wore conveyed that odd impression of slovenliness, which is often an indication of secret vice.

    The Yellow Claw

  • As a judge, he assigned new law clerks George Orwell's 1946 essay "Politics and the English Language," a denunciation of the "slovenliness" of contemporary written English, which the author said caused vagueness and dishonesty in political discourse.

    Mukasey Shows Independent Streak

  • It is turbid judgments such as these, and an intellectual slovenliness which is content to accept words and phrases without attaching definite notions to them, that discredit the average

    Platform Monologues

  • But there could be no question that he did attain very interesting and artistic effects, and there happened to be at the time a reaction against what was called "slovenliness" and a demand for careful preparation and planned effect in prose-writing.

    The English Novel

  • In the summer of 1957, a Baptist preacher in the segregated South issued a series of fiery sermons denouncing the laziness, promiscuity, criminality, drunkenness, slovenliness, and ignorance of Negroes.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • But in the faint hint of slovenliness, in the shaking, eager hand that spilled the liquor, and in the nervous, vacillating eyes, Grief read the unmistakable marks of the chronic alcoholic.


  • Although many reporters have been surprised and nonplussed by the good vibes and "substance"-free living they find in the parks, a few act as if they can hardly wait for something worse to set in: Just look at all the indecision, the self-indulgence, the distempers, the slovenliness!

    Jim Sleeper: Behind The Snarking About OWS

  • He's looking fit, healthy and well, wearing a grey check shirt, blue denim jeans and a scruffy looking pair of trainery type things.2.43pm: The word on the street is that hirsute former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who currently plys his trade with Wolfsburg, may well be on his way to Sunderland.2.45pm: Regarding Wayne Bridge's slovenliness, writes Gareth Evans.

    Transfer window deadline day 2012 – as it happened

  • The 60's, a decade fashion forgot, also began a trend of informality that devolved over time from slovenliness in the 90's to dishevelment in the 2000's.

    Roger Stone: StoneZone's 2011 Best and Worst Dressed

  • The slovenliness of our language, George Orwell wrote, makes it easier to have foolish thoughts, and while Mr. Friedman's language has been tidied up a bit, the thinking remains what it has always been.

    Shovel-Ready Shibboleths


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