frowsy vs slovenly what difference

what is difference between frowsy and slovenly

English

Alternative forms

  • frowzy

Etymology

Unknown, but perhaps related to the dialectal adjective frowsty. Attested since the 1680s.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹaʊzi/

Adjective

frowsy (comparative frowsier, superlative frowsiest)

  1. Having a dingy, neglected, and scruffy appearance.
    • 1916, James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Chapter 3, [2]
      Frowsy girls sat along the curbstones before their baskets.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part One, Chapter 1, [3]
      He had seen it lying in the window of a frowsy little junk-shop in a slummy quarter of the town (just what quarter he did not now remember) and had been stricken immediately by an overwhelming desire to possess it.
    See also citations under frowzy.

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English

Etymology

sloven +‎ -ly.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈslʌv.ən.li/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈslʊv.ən.li/, /ˈslɒv.ən.li/
  • Hyphenation: slo‧ven‧ly

Adjective

slovenly (comparative slovenlier, superlative slovenliest)

  1. Having an untidy appearance; unkempt.
  2. Dirty, unwashed; disorderly.
  3. Careless or negligent; sloppy.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:careless

Derived terms

  • slovenliness

Translations

Adverb

slovenly (comparative more slovenly, superlative most slovenly)

  1. In a slovenly manner.

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