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 sloppily (audio) \ adverb
sloppiness noun

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 But the Gators also looked sloppy at times, losing four fumbles and converting just four of 15 third-down opportunities. C.j. Doon,, "College football overreaction index, Week 6: Is Florida a playoff contender?; Michigan has a winning blueprint," 7 Oct. 2019 That kind of just makes everything look a little sloppy. Scott Patsko,, "JC Tretter on Browns offensive line vs. the Buccaneers: ‘That wasn’t good’," 26 Aug. 2019 On a sloppy track, the foot slips unpredictably, and tendons and muscles have to work harder pushing off the ground again. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Racing in crisis: It’s not just Santa Anita. Horse deaths plague East Bay track and others around country," 29 June 2019 The barrel roll that Richard Russell pulled off during his flight Friday evening looked sloppy to experienced pilots. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "‘Video games’? Pilots wonder how plane thief learned to do aerial acrobatics," 13 Aug. 2018 Going for his eighth straight stakes race victory in the Narragansett Handicap, Seabiscuit ran poorly on a sloppy track and finished third. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 The Richmond-Burton natural-grass field Saturday was as expected after Monday morning’s early-season snowstorm: sloppy and wet and lined with melting snow. Gregg Voss,, "Richmond-Burton freezes out defending state champion IC Catholic 24-14 in Class 4A quarterfinals," 17 Nov. 2019 On the field, his teams were routinely sloppy and undisciplined, right to the end. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Willie Taggart's catchphrase is 'Do Something,' and FSU did by firing him," 4 Nov. 2019 An acute reader of the game for one so young and a disciple in the high art of defending, Gomez was a breath of fresh air to a beleaguered fan base that continuously observed a myriad of hapless, sloppy and dimwitted defenders., "Forgotten Man Joe Gomez Is Facing His Biggest Challenge Yet as a Liverpool Player," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sloppy

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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9 Dec 2019

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“Sloppy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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heavy with or as if with moisture

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