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 Arkansas has been a little sloppy to start the game. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "Follow live: No. 6 Alabama at No. 20 Arkansas," 25 Feb. 2021 Arlington Martin made the only offensive touchdown of the game count Friday night in a sloppy victory over South Grand Prairie. Dallas News, "A win is a win: Arlington Martin tops South Grand Prairie in a game plagued by turnovers, sloppy play," 24 Oct. 2020 The Loons on Tuesday played on, just the third day after Saturday’s sloppy victory. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Minnesota United, Nashville play to scoreless draw," 6 Oct. 2020 The first five games were sloppy because Brady didn’t have much of an offseason or training camp with his new teammates. Globe Staff,, "Quantifying the Tom Brady Effect: Four extra wins and a deep run in the playoffs," 23 Jan. 2021 The Wolves held their own through the first quarter and were only down 25-19, but the Hawks, who committed 26 turnovers, weren't as sloppy Friday, and that meant doom for the outmatched Wolves in the second quarter. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves continue to struggle, lose 116-98 to Atlanta," 22 Jan. 2021 Alternately, the high incidence of trumpeter kills could be the result of hunters being sloppy. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Why are Utah hunters killing so many trumpeter swans?," 1 Dec. 2020 But why was the Browns' offense so sloppy for three straight quarters? Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Browns’ hot-and-cold performance vs. the Texans just confirms what their offense should be all about -- Film Review," 15 Nov. 2020 This kind of non-sequitur interpretation is just plain sloppy. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Best Museum in the World," 3 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sloppy

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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28 Feb 2021

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“Sloppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 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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