sloppy

adjective

slop·​py ˈslä-pē How to pronounce sloppy (audio)
sloppier; sloppiest
1
a
: 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
sloppily adverb
sloppiness noun

Example Sentences

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 Xavier can't get caught with a sloppy game on the road. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2023 The Rebels played a sloppy game with five turnovers and eight penalties for 86 yards and had two defenders ejected for targeting. Dallas News, 29 Dec. 2022 Despite rallying for a 38-31 win at Georgia Southern last week, South Alabama played a pretty sloppy game on the whole. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 11 Nov. 2022 The alcohol puddles on the carpet went deeper than the ones caused by the rain in a sloppy, gusty Game 5. Dan Gelston, ajc, 24 Oct. 2022 The Tigers have a long way to go before the Division I, Region 1 playoffs, but a sloppy game against No. Matt Goul, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2022 Miami’s latest win came in a sloppy game that included four throwing errors and a couple of wild pitches. Stephen Whyno, Sun Sentinel, 2 July 2022 On Saturday, the Diamondbacks’ defense played another sloppy game, with one miscue, an error by second baseman Buddy Kennedy, leading directly to a run. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2022 Kids of these ages are behind in social-emotional growth and are playing a sloppy game of catch-up, in my opinion. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sloppy was in 1672

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Cite this Entry

“Sloppy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sloppy. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

sloppy

adjective
slop·​py ˈsläp-ē How to pronounce sloppy (audio)
sloppier; sloppiest
1
a
: wet so as to spatter easily : slushy
b
: wet with or as if with something slopped over
2
: slovenly, careless
a sloppy dresser
3
: overly sentimental
sloppily adverb
sloppiness
ˈsläp-ē-nəs
noun

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