slop·​py | \ ˈslä-pē \
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 \ 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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There’s evidence of where the old button was located, and the holes of the new button guide your needle, while the button itself hides any sloppy work or loose threads. Alden Wicker, Vox, "The spare button represents all the ways we fail to be good consumers," 14 Dec. 2018 The chestnut colt won the Kentucky Derby decisively, then won the Preakness after fending of some late challengers in sloppy conditions. Nora Princiotti,, "Bob Baffert is hoping for a good break for Justify in the Belmont Stakes," 6 June 2018 The Pelicans halted the sloppy mistakes that haunted them through the first two quarters, allowing their offense to get into a flow that left Portland in the dust. William Guillory,, "Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday carry Pelicans to sweep of Blazers," 21 Apr. 2018 In the 54th minute, Cancelo's sloppy mistake let in Federico Viviani, who surged towards goal and saw his deflected effort dip just over the crossbar., "SPAL 1-1 Inter: Last Gasp Goal Sees Bolshy Biancazzurri Earn Draw as Nerazzurri's Slump Continues," 28 Jan. 2018 But those precious moments were followed by sloppy mistakes: turnovers, poor shots and fouls. Charlie Hatch,, "NKU loses 83-70 to Oakland as Kendrick Nunn scores 33," 27 Jan. 2018 In many ways, the world has moved on from the cataclysmic 2008 financial crisis, triggered when sloppy mortgage lending popped the massive U.S. housing bubble. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "10 years after the financial crisis, is the housing market still at risk?," 29 Aug. 2018 The Orioles’ 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday could have been worse had the Rays not erased three runners with sloppy play on the base paths. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard records three outfield assists Saturday," 27 May 2018 The team’s familiarity with each other has paid dividends early, dropping just one set in wins over Braintree and Newton North despite some sloppy play to start the season. Dan Mcloone,, "Natick looking to be team to beat," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sloppy

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of sloppy

: not careful or neat : showing a lack of care, attention, or effort

: romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way

: containing or involving a lot of liquid or too much liquid


slop·​py | \ ˈslä-pē \
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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