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


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


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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The fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma did not help himself with two holding penalties against the Redskins, part of a sloppy overall performance by the Ravens’ young blockers. Childs Walker,, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 20-7 preseason win over Washington," 30 Aug. 2019 His only other action came late in the Tide’s sloppy win over The Citadel in November. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama TE wasn’t recruited, didn’t quit and now he’s living his dream," 28 Aug. 2019 But appropriation is often more complicated than sloppy parodies of other cultures on runways. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Governments are taking cultural appropriation to court," 28 Aug. 2019 The South Wolverines recovered from a sloppy start to grab a 38-7 win over the Colony Knights in a non-conference football matchup Saturday at South High. Author: Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, "Wolverines shake off slow start to rack up another big football win," 25 Aug. 2019 The sleep-away camp mixes traditional activities — swimming, nature hikes, chore charts and sloppy Joes — with Christian music and religious worship time. Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "A Summer Camp on the Border, Where the Border Crisis Feels Far Away," 17 Aug. 2019 Ollie just got sloppy with impermissible workouts, mismanagement of the program and those under his watch. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: The NCAA hammered Kevin Ollie; now UConn should settle with him and move on to bright future," 3 July 2019 The Astros got sloppy late against the Orioles, and Baltimore finally got a win at Minute Maid Park. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Astros drop a sloppy one to Orioles," 8 June 2019 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

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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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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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