Slovenly is what your great aunt Mehitabel might call you if you came to high tea without a necktie. It means "messy or unkempt," but is a word you probably won't hear messy or unkempt people using.

Slovenly has meant messy or unkempt since the 1500s, but it had a brief heyday before that of meaning "low or base." This class association remains embedded in the word — someone who uses the word slovenly today is most likely also going to raise his or her pinky while drinking from a cup of tea.

Definitions of slovenly

adj negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt

slovenly appearance”
frowsy, frowzy
not neat and tidy

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