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 Despite playing a sloppy game themselves, the Longhorns did enough to capitalize on TCU’s mistakes and escape Fort Worth with a win for the first time since 2013. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 That Rodriguez failed to cover first on a grounder to the right side in the first inning was the start of a sloppy game., 22 Aug. 2021 Broke his maiden against open company then caught a sloppy track. Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 For all his brilliance, Powers can be sloppy in his use of language. Gish Jen, The New Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 As classic as the ending was, the early parts were sloppy. J. Daniel Pearson,, 17 Sep. 2021 But sloppy defense led to Larin’s 20th international goal, his ninth of this qualifying cycle., 5 Sep. 2021 Kentucky's season openers have generally been sloppy during the Stoops era, but the opening sequence proved to be only a minor stumble Saturday. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 5 Sep. 2021 Aggressive base running from Victor Reyes brought sloppy defense from the Reds, allowing the Tigers to score two runs on a throwing error for a 6-3 lead in the sixth inning. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of sloppy

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Oct 2021

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“Sloppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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