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 Both teams are just 5-5 against the Over/Under across their last 10 games, and the lengthy rest as a result of the all-star break will lead to some sloppy play on both sides. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins odds, picks and best bets," 31 Jan. 2020 For example, any parent who has grappled with exhaustion can empathize with Knisley’s sometimes sloppy lines in Go to Sleep, so uncharacteristic of her normally precise style. Adrienne So, Wired, "Comic Book Artists on Parenthood, Creativity, and Cry-Barfing," 29 Jan. 2020 These fries would be perfect with sloppy Joes, burgers or other Super Bowl sandwiches. oregonlive, "Buffalo Hot Wings: 8 spicy takes on the Super Bowl essential, including Buffalo Chicken Dip," 28 Jan. 2020 The lab’s reports have repeatedly accused Huawei of sloppy coding, but have so far found no evidence of deliberate subversion. The Economist, "Chinese walls? Britain takes a third way on 5G with Huawei," 28 Jan. 2020 The dumplings yielded deferentially to my fork, the soup was bright and citrusy, and each sloppy spoonful came laden with visions of the sunny afternoons and balmy weather that weren’t written in my destiny. Sarah Khan, New York Times, "Zanzibar in the Rain," 22 Jan. 2020 The Knicks, who entered the night with just one win in their previous nine games, had their own issues early, somehow trailing by one at the end of 24 sloppy minutes. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers embarrassed, repeatedly booed during 106-86 loss to New York Knicks," 21 Jan. 2020 Boeing, once known for a culture of safety and rigorous engineering, has over the past decade gained a reputation for sloppy work, blown deadlines, and flat-out scandal. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "737 Max fix slips to summer—and that’s just one of Boeing’s problems," 21 Jan. 2020 Moviegoers are better off eating those sloppier plates in the cinema's restaurants before or after the show. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How our newest movie-dining options - Silverspot and Movie Tavern - stack up in meal quality," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sloppy

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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4 Feb 2020

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“Sloppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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