sloppy

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for sloppy

Synonyms

blowsy (also blowzy), dowdy, frowsy (or frowzy), slobbish, slobby, sloven, slovenly, unkempt, untidy

Antonyms

dapper, dashing, dolled up, sharp, smart, spruce

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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

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Hot dogs, sloppy joes, fruit, dessert and a beverage was served with the assistance of about 60 volunteers, including helpers organized by the San Diego Padres. Linda Velasquez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Linda’s report: Father Joe’s celebrates July 4th with a barbeque for homeless," 5 July 2019 Any gringo boy sitting in the front row was subject to a sloppy kiss from one of the wrestlers. New York Times, "Place 9 of 52: The Paradox of the Women of La Paz," 17 Apr. 2018 Where to go, what to know: To get the full impact of the big, sloppy kiss, park your car and check it out on foot. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Yeah, there's a giant bunny in that vineyard — no foolin' — and 9 animals, vegetables and antlers you'll want to stop and see," 1 Apr. 2018 These chicken sloppy joes couldn’t be easier to make. OregonLive.com, "67 must-have snacks for Super Bowl 2018, including Buffalo Chicken Dip," 29 Jan. 2018 These go down like Japanese bar food, fast, sloppy, mindless and fun. Washington Post, "Zeppelin is fun, but its sushi doesn’t quite fly," 1 Aug. 2019 His body wasn't sloppy, his strength was well beyond advanced for a high school prospect. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's offensive line depth looks like the old days," 13 Jan. 2019 But what people should also keep in mind is that, at times, this group is going to look energized, cohesive and downright dangerous, while other stretches will be sloppy, inconsistent and, at its worst, completely confusing. oregonlive.com, "5 questions on Portland Trail Blazers free agency after Neil Olshey pulls off overnight roster overhaul: Commentary," 2 July 2019 These sloppy, tasteless cookies are unimpressive in every way. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best chocolate sandwich cookies," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of sloppy

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sloppy was in 1672

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sloppy

adjective

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

sloppy

adjective
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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