Meaning of sloven in English:


Pronunciation /ˈslʌvn/

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  • A person who is habitually untidy or careless.

    ‘He may have been king of the aesthetes and the quintessential dandy about town - but behind the bedroom door, Oscar Wilde lived the life of a careless sloven.’
    • ‘Yet Seibei is grave and self-possessed, not a sloven but a man committed to various duties-among them the care of his dotty mother and his two beloved children.’
    • ‘I help the auctioneer, the sloven does not half know his business.’
    • ‘Battered, weather-beaten taxis, driven by sloven drivers, their shirts unbuttoned, looking as weather-beaten as their vehicles.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘person with base manners’): perhaps from Flemish sloef ‘dirty’ or Dutch slof ‘careless, negligent’.