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

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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On Wednesday, a Reddit user shared a photo that drove the Internet to weep wet, sloppy tears. Diana Bruk, Woman's Day, "A Blind Little Girl Made Braille Valentine's Day Cards For Her Classmates," 11 Feb. 2016 Despite minor league pitching call-ups Jimmy Yacabonis and Yefry Ramírez’s combined nine innings of two-run ball, the Orioles’ sloppy defense and shaky relief corps conspired for a 4-2, 10-inning loss, their fifth straight. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles swept by Mariners, 4-2, despite strong efforts from Yacabonis, Ramírez," 28 June 2018 The big chestnut colt with the appetite to match burst onto the national scene with a 2½-length victory on a sloppy track in the Kentucky Derby. Beth Harris,, "Justify wins Triple Crown; Gronkowski the horse gets second," 10 June 2018 The chestnut colt burst onto the national scene with a 2½-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th Triple Crown champ," 9 June 2018 The chestnut colt burst onto the national scene with a 2½-length victory on a sloppy track in the Derby. CBS News, "Justify captures Triple Crown, wins 150th Belmont Stakes," 9 June 2018 Still, the Belmont was Justify’s sixth race since mid-February, and his previous two had come on sloppy tracks, surely taking a toll. New York Times, "Simply Perfect: Justify Wins the Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 Justify ran the initial quarter in 23.11 seconds, again on a sloppy track. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Seattle Slew is No. 3 in Triple Crown countdown; Jon White’s final Belmont rankings," 8 June 2018 Vino Rosso’s jo, John Velazquez, told me his horse hated the sloppy track in the Derby. Dick Jerardi,, "Bob Baffert a good reason to believe in Justify winning at Belmont Stakes," 7 June 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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