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


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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Similarly sloppy are the motivations of the alien antagonist Vuk (Jessica Chastain), who manipulates Jean for reasons that are never made clear. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Slapdash Farewell to the X-Men Series," 6 June 2019 Arizona's first cannabis kitchen, the Mint Dispensary, touts healthy, made-to-order food, such as pizza and sloppy Joes. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "This cannabis kitchen serves up THC-infused pizza and burgers. Here's a look inside," 4 June 2019 Hughes lauded the Storm’s ability to rebound and score off turnovers while Brondello lamented her team’s sloppy ball handling and an inability to curtail league MVP Breanna Stewart, who finished with a game-high 28 points. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm wants more help from its bench in Game 2 of series against Phoenix," 27 Aug. 2018 The victory for Amazon comes amid growing concern about the power and influence of big tech companies, and their responsibility for the spread of fake news, sloppy handling of user data, rising income inequality, and other ills. Klint Finley, WIRED, "This Week Shows How Hard It Is to Curb Big Tech," 13 June 2018 But Texas cleaned up the sloppy ball handling and had just two more over the final 8 minutes. USA TODAY, "Texas beat No. 8 Texas Tech for another win over a Top 25 team," 17 Jan. 2018 There’s no official dosage recommendations for CBD; this sloppy trial-and-error approach is pretty standard for the newly curious. . Gretchen Lidicker, Marie Claire, "CBD Completely Changed How I Handled My Anxiety," 18 Apr. 2019 The issues with He's work were numerous, ranging from sloppy science to consent forms that didn't fully inform parents what was going to be done to their children. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "US Cancer Patients Are Undergoing CRISPR Tests For The First Time," 17 Apr. 2019 Diego Godin was forced to bring the ball out of defence and then yelled at his teammates as their sloppy play brought attacks to a halt., "Egypt 0-1 Uruguay: La Celeste Start With a Win as Gimenez Header Breaks Pharaohs' Hearts," 15 June 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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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


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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