A sloven is a disgusting, sloppy person. If you call your messy roommate a sloven, expect him to be offended.

You can use the noun sloven when you need a good word for a terrible slob. It’s not a very common word, but it replaces pig very nicely when you’re talking about a truly sloppy, unpleasant person. Sloven was first used in the fifteenth century to mean “person with horrible manners.” Its origins are uncertain, but it probably stems from either the Flemish sloef, “dirty,” or slof, which is Dutch for “careless or negligent.”

Definitions of sloven
  1. noun

    a coarse obnoxious person

    pig, slob, slovenly person
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    litter lout, litterbug, litterer

    a person who litters public places with refuse
    slattern, slovenly woman, trollop

    a dirty untidy woman
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    a vulgar person (especially someone who makes a vulgar display of wealth)

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