slop·​py | \ ˈslä-pē How to pronounce sloppy (audio) \
sloppier; sloppiest

Definition of sloppy

1a : wet so as to spatter easily : slushy a sloppy racetrack
b : wet or smeared with or as if with something slopped over
2 : slovenly, careless a sloppy dresser did sloppy work
3 : disagreeably effusive sloppy sentimentalism

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Other Words from sloppy

sloppily \ ˈslä-​pə-​lē How to pronounce sloppy (audio) \ adverb
sloppiness noun

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Examples of sloppy in a Sentence

Your work has been very sloppy lately. a sloppy child who always seems to have spilled something on his clothes
Recent Examples on the Web The Yellow Jackets cleaned up the sloppy play in the second and Lahtinen got rolling. Jim Vertuno, ajc, "No rally needed: Georgia Tech rolls over WVU 73-56 in NCAAs," 24 Mar. 2021 Costa Rica seemed to have little trouble with either the heat or the thin air, dominating a U.S. team that was sloppy, especially in the early going. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "USMNT inches closer to Olympic soccer berth with win over Costa Rica," 18 Mar. 2021 Offensively, Michigan was sloppy, finishing with 14 turnovers. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball already looking to what could be a special March: 'Go get that natty'," 5 Mar. 2021 The Cowboys’ latest sloppy defensive performance was far from an outlier in their 3-9 season. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Ex-Cowboys star DeMarcus Ware explains what’s wrong with Dallas’ ‘easy money’ defense," 11 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, alarms will be going off all over Seattle (8-4) after a sloppy, uninspired performance. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks’ inept offense leads to stunning loss to the New York Giants: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 6 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, alarms will be going off all over Seattle (8-4) after a sloppy, uninspired performance. Tim Booth, Star Tribune, "Seattle stunner: Giants stymie Wilson, Seahawks in 17-12 win," 6 Dec. 2020 Texas A&M is coming off a sloppy performance against LSU, which was its first game back after a two-week hiatus due to COVID-19. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "Texas A&M prediction: Will the No. 5 Aggies snap their three-year losing streak to Auburn?," 3 Dec. 2020 That’s because the No. 2 Irish were clearly better than this Boston College team even in a sloppy performance, and Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book was the one writing the story Saturday in an empty Alumni Stadium. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame QB Ian Book's ascent beats Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec's revenge plot," 15 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sloppy

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Sloppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sloppy

: not careful or neat : showing a lack of care, attention, or effort
informal : romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way
: containing or involving a lot of liquid or too much liquid


slop·​py | \ ˈslä-pē How to pronounce sloppy (audio) \
sloppier; sloppiest

Kids Definition of sloppy

1 : careless in work or in appearance
2 : wet enough to spatter easily : containing a lot of moisture sloppy mud

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