sloppy joe


slop·​py joe ˈslä-pē-ˈjō How to pronounce sloppy joe (audio)
often capitalized S&J : a loose-fitting sweater especially for girls
: ground beef cooked in a thick spicy sauce and usually served on a bun

Examples of sloppy joe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elevate the school lunch favorite to a family-friendly, dinner-worthy sloppy joe casserole. Paige Grandjean, Southern Living, 25 Dec. 2023 Examples include sloppy joes, lasagna, chili and meatballs, according to Corilyn Shropshire at Cook’s Illustrated. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 Sloppy Joes take the traditional sloppy joe and kick them up a notch. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 11 Oct. 2023 The item, which is maybe more like a sloppy joe than a burger, was on the menu until the mid-'90s with a brief reprisal in the early 2010s. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 13 Aug. 2023 Set out dishes like pulled pork sandwiches, sloppy joes, taco-in-a-bag, and buffalo chicken sliders. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 That includes the vegan tamales, a vegetable pot pie, veggie sloppy joe, a vegan curry, and a chili. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 8 Mar. 2023 Kwik Trip sells cooked meat with sloppy joe sauce that just has to be heated. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 27 Oct. 2022 The sloppy joe is the most famous one, but the bok choy is phenomenal, too. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021

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Word History


probably from the name Joe, nickname for Joseph

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of sloppy joe was in 1940

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“Sloppy joe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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