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  • I could tell that Go had gone to meet with the doctor by herself, taken her studious notes in her slovenly handwriting, and she was teary as she tried to decipher what she’d written.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • For the first time, I felt cold to her, like an ice sheet had fallen between us, and a picture of her began entering my mind, her dark form moving through the corridors of a dingy, slovenly house, peals of surly laughter trailing after her.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • When I came home to report that, yes, the dog was definitely allowed to eat in the kitchen, or that, no, the Traynors didn’t scrub their front step every day as my mother did, she would purse her lips, glance sideways at my father, and nod with quiet satisfaction, as if I had just confirmed everything she’d suspected about the slovenly ways of the upper classes.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The poor and slovenly people of De Koven Street — specifically Mrs. O’Leary and her cow — were the cause of the fire and the destruction of Chicago.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire

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  • I don’t imagine you’ll think it’s quite so funny when all the adults say no thank you, I do not want a rude, slovenly child, and you’ll have to get back on the train and go to the next station.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • In their slovenliness they reminded him of the Gypsies, who, however, were conditioned to travel.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • You—all of you—are selfish and slovenly!
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Were she slovenly ?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • She looked offensively unkempt, with studied slovenliness as careful as grooming—and for the same purpose.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A Model T Ford sedan and a two-wheel trailer were parked beside the shack, and about the camp there hung a slovenly despair.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • He was clad in a professional but rather slovenly fashion, for his frock-coat was dingy and his trousers frayed.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • " ’Dear Miss Myrna,’ " I read, " ’how do I remove the rings from my fat slovenly husband’s shirt collar when he is such a pig and…and sweats like one too…’ " Wonderful.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • I mean not to be slovenly about her dress or untidy in leaving things about.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Slowly, in stages, Mammy materialized: first the slovenly hair, then the white, grimacing face, eyes pinched shut against the light, a hand groping for the headboard, the sheets sliding down as she pulled herself up, grunting.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She looked poor white, shiftless, slovenly, trifling.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • The word had connotations of dirt and slovenliness and dishonor.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • The whole had a slovenly, confined, and sleepy look, like a cage for a human dormouse; while he, looming dark and heavy in the shadow of a corner by the window, looked like the human dormouse for whom it was fitted up,—as indeed he was.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I blushed for my slovenly ways.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • When driven with his mates to the new owners’ camp, Buck saw a slipshod and slovenly affair, tent half stretched, dishes unwashed, everything in disorder; also, he saw a woman.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Allowing for my learned friend’s appearance being careless and slovenly if not debauched, they were sufficiently like each other to surprise, not only the witness, but everybody present, when they were thus brought into comparison.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He is a darkskinned gipsy in aspect, in dress and manners a gentleman: that is, as much a gentleman as many a country squire: rather slovenly, perhaps, yet not looking amiss with his negligence, because he has an erect and handsome figure; and rather morose.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The room itself is cobwebbed, and dingy with old paint; its floor is strewn with grey sand, in a fashion that has elsewhere fallen into long disuse; and it is easy to conclude, from the general slovenliness of the place, that this is a sanctuary into which womankind, with her tools of magic, the broom and mop, has very infrequent access.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Go not ungirt and loose, Sancho; for disordered attire is a sign of an unstable mind, unless indeed the slovenliness and slackness is to be set down to craft, as was the common opinion in the case of Julius Caesar.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • You shave every morning, and in this season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until it becomes positively slovenly as we get round the angle of the jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated than the other.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • That evening, on his return to his garret, Marius cast his eyes over his garments, and perceived, for the first time, that he had been so slovenly, indecorous, and inconceivably stupid as to go for his walk in the CHAPTER III.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The master, being wroth with what he termed such slovenly and doltish work, did promise that he would soundly whip me for it—and—
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • What was once a smooth-shaven lawn before the house, dotted here and there with ornamental shrubs, was now covered with frowsy tangled grass, with horseposts set up, here and there, in it, where the turf was stamped away, and the ground littered with broken pails, cobs of corn, and other slovenly remains.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Sort of fruit not mentioned; their usual slovenliness in statistics.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The girl had blurred eyes, a perspiring face, an ermine cape and a beautiful evening gown that had slipped off one shoulder like a slovenly housewife’s bathrobe, revealing too much of her breast, not in a manner of daring, but in the manner of a drudge’s indifference.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She disapproved of all her neighbors because of their slovenly housekeeping, and the women thought her very proud.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • It was annoying to come upon that everlasting slovenliness in the farm work against which he had been striving with all his might for so many years.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It was a kind of desperate, slovenly clatter, suddenly muted on the rug.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • In truth, he was an odd fish; ignorant of common life, fond of rudely opposing receiv’d opinions, slovenly to extream dirtiness, enthusiastic in some points of religion, and a little knavish withal.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • To speak to him rashly, to do anything before him obscenely, slovenly, impudently, is to Dishonour.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish—read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Who knows how many quarrels, false accusations, unnecessary dismissals, how many promising careers cut short can be attributed to a butler’s slovenliness at the stage of drawing up the staff plan?
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • He fired the slovenly devils who caused all the trouble.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • Inevitably, the chaplain’s attention, as he cowered meekly before him, focused on Colonel Korn’s midriff, where the shirttails bunching up from inside his sagging belt and ballooning down over his waist gave him an appearance of slovenly girth and made him seem inches shorter than his middle height.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Later, when the time for the baby grew nearer, he would bustle round in his slovenly fashion, poking out the ashes, rubbing the fireplace, sweeping the house before he went to work.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Cousin Anna, no less slovenly than in other days, had pancakes and coffee going and a big spread on the table.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I found Richard thin and languid, slovenly in his dress, abstracted in his manner, forcing his spirits now and then, and at other intervals relapsing into a dull thoughtfulness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • If he ever approached intoxication—or rather that ruddy warmth and comfortableness which precedes the more slovenly state—it was when individuals such as these were gathered about him, when he was one of a circle of chatting celebrities.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • What was taken by outsiders to be slackness, slovenliness or even generosity was in fact a full recognition of the legitimacy of forces other than good ones.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • In those days everything in the islands was done in a slovenly, slouching manner.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • As slovenly as Hugo is neat, his clothes are dirty and much slept in.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • She was an active church woman, did not drink, smoke, or carouse, defended herself mightily against Cholly, rose above him in every way, and felt she was fulfilling a mother’s role conscientiously when she pointed out their father’s faults to keep them from having them, or punished them when they showed any slovenliness, no matter how slight, when she worked twelve to sixteen hours a day to support them.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • I suspected that Moody was either deliberately discouraging them or that his brooding, slovenly presence scared them off.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The water was coated with the bilge oil of numberless ships, filth that would not evaporate in the low temperatures and that left a black ring on the rocky walls of the fjord as though from the bath of a slovenly giant.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • The building manager on the first floor liked money; he would wake up the slovenly landlord in an hour or so.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • His person showed marks of habitual neglect, his dress was slovenly; and yet there was something in the presence of the old Squire distinguishable from that of the ordinary farmers in the parish, who were perhaps every whit as refined as he, but, having slouched their way through life with a consciousness of being in the vicinity of their "betters", wanted that self-possession and authoritativeness of voice and carriage which belonged to a man who thought of superiors as remote…
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
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