Definition of slovenliness in US English:



  • See slovenly

    • ‘I said, for shame, these men will see our slovenliness, these sticky sherry glasses everywhere, these newspapers scattered on the carpets since the maidservants were no more.’
    • ‘George Orwell wrote that the English language ‘becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.’’
    • ‘They went on to accuse the by-then dead Sherburn of sloppy scholarship, slovenliness in proofreading, deception, ruthless and clumsy editing, prudery, censorship, and the hostile trivialization of a great work of Western literature.’
    • ‘This is meant to convey a general slovenliness, and it does, but it also keeps the character removed from us in a way that I'm not sure, especially combined with his strangled voice, is good for the performance.’
    • ‘He told ludicrous stories about seeing empty bottles and litter piled ‘one meter deep’ along roadsides in America, illustrating our environmental slovenliness.’