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

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 James knows cleaning up their sloppy play will be a huge factor for the Lakers. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Lakers vs. Heat: Three keys to watch in Game 4 of the NBA Finals," 6 Oct. 2020 Though Rivers has been sloppy at times, the defense remains consistent. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "What’s next for the Cleveland Browns? Previewing the Indianapolis Colts and how they match up," 5 Oct. 2020 In an echo of Game 1, Miami hit the ground running in the first quarter, taking advantage of sloppy play from the Lakers to take a 22-9 lead in an opening eight minutes that included nine turnovers from the Lakers. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler notches a triple-double in NBA Finals Game 3 victory over Lakers," 5 Oct. 2020 Instead of a sequel to the 15-point comeback win at Texas Tech, Texas was sloppy for a second straight week. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "'Self-inflicted mistakes’ doom Texas to another failed comeback, 7th loss to TCU in 9 meetings," 3 Oct. 2020 The first half was filled almost entirely with sloppy play. Eli Feazell, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati high school football: Walnut Hills beats Withrow 24-6 in both teams’ first game," 19 Sep. 2020 Wilson’s foot also covered up a sloppy Hewitt (5-1) offense, which punted five times, fumbled the ball four times and turned it over three times (two fumbles and an interception) despite racking up 247 total yards. Reports, al, "Birmingham roundup: Hewitt-Trussville survives Huffman 3-0 in defensive struggle," 26 Sep. 2020 Beside him was the man who had turned a sloppy December Sunday at Wrigley Field into an iconic NFL performance. Dan Wiederer,, "Chicago Bears Week 3 storylines: Eddie Jackson’s score-first mentality, a tribute to Gale Sayers and the sting of another Falcons collapse," 25 Sep. 2020 But the Eagles made timely stops on defense and the offense had dynamic plays to overcome a relatively sloppy performance. Luis Torres,, "No. 2 Edgewater wins at Winter Park," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sloppy

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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13 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sloppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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