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slovenly

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Definition dirty and unkempt
  • It was a kind of desperate, slovenly clatter, suddenly muted on the rug.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • It bothers me to be slovenly and asymmetrical.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • You—all of you—are selfish and slovenly!
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • I suspected that Moody was either deliberately discouraging them or that his brooding, slovenly presence scared them off.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • She fluttered toward the tailor shop, dashed into its slovenly heat with the comic fastidiousness of a humming bird dipping into a dry tiger-lily.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Her heavy breasts, sagging visibly against her blouse, stained by fruit juice and chocolate, flopped slovenly from side to side.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Heavy, slovenly, she moved to awaken Jett with a kick of foot no less gentle than her mien.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • She looked poor white, shiftless, slovenly, trifling.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • On the way back to the boat they passed three young Indians, loud spoken, ill-kempt and slovenly, and he felt the boys stiffen with enmity.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Upon it, and leaning against a hitching-rail, were men of varying ages, most of them slovenly in old jeans and slouched sombreros.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • 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
  • 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
  • It isn't the thing: it's slovenly, ever so slovenly.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren's Profession
  • I had let myself get too slovenly.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Do you make sugar in this slovenly way?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • But no, it was a bunch of woman's hair that had been indolently tossed into a corner when some slovenly female toilet was made in this room.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • On the bright side, I had quickly reverted to my premarriage (read: slovenly) lifestyle.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • He fired the slovenly devils who caused all the trouble.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • 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
  • She looked offensively unkempt, with studied slovenliness as careful as grooming—and for the same purpose.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)

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