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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Like Holmes, Anna Delvey, the SoHo scammer, was intentionally sloppy. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Why Is Scammer Style So Bad?," 22 Mar. 2019 There’s no more drinking, going out late, and, funny enough, no more sloppy outfits. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Why I Love the New Kate Moss So Much Better Than the ’90s Waif," 25 Jan. 2019 Further Reading Chasing ‘Oumuamua—unfortunately human technology isn’t up to the task This is, of course, some pretty sloppy science news coverage. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Predictably, online media go nuts over ‘Oumuamua and Harvard scientists," 6 Nov. 2018 And to be very clear about that, form can mean sloppy or beautiful. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Bullet Journal? Everything You Need to Know Before You BuJo," 30 Jan. 2019 Golden State has been sloppy and sluggish all year long, and Iguodala is still hurt. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "2018 NBA Finals: Warriors-Cavs IV Picks, Random Predictions and More," 31 May 2018 The weekend will start out sloppy and slick before switching over to sunny skies and mild temperatures. D. Kwas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend weather: Sloppy start, sunny finish," 22 Feb. 2018 But this person seems to have gotten sloppy, failing to replace Assange's name in two places in the document. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Cut-and-paste error apparently reveals federal charges against Assange," 16 Nov. 2018 But Facebook was sloppy and careless with your data, and most users had no idea that these partnerships exist. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Another damning Facebook data-privacy report — and a new lawsuit — sink the social network’s shares," 20 Dec. 2018

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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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