sloppy joe

slop·​py joe | \ ˈslä-pē-ˈjō How to pronounce sloppy joe (audio) \

Definition of sloppy joe

1 often capitalized S&J : a loose-fitting sweater especially for girls
2 : 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 Their menu also includes a variety of sliders like sloppy joe sliders and chicken and waffle sliders and sides like mac 'n cheese nibblers, chicken rings, corn dog nibblers, and french fries. Fox 35 News Staff, FOX 35 Orlando, 23 Mar. 2021 In each were three cans of sloppy joe mix, a few protein bars, a bag of instant potatoes and three single-serving cups of applesauce or pineapple. Anne Saker,, 24 Apr. 2020 The sloppy joe consistency for this recipe needed to be thick, not soupy. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 24 Jan. 2020 Spaghetti Bolognese turned an Italian standby into a sloppy Joe with noodles. Mike Sutter,, 21 Nov. 2019 Expect items from the truck's Asian-fusion menu, including a classic pork belly bao and vegan sloppy joe made with jackfruit, along with several new bao creations, small plates and soups. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, 21 Aug. 2019 At first glance, the Hot Bob sandwich — one of the new food offerings available to Bears fans at Soldier Field concession stands this season, unveiled by the team Monday — is just an ordinary school-cafeteria sloppy Joe. Phil Rosenthal,, 25 Aug. 2019 Admittedly an overly sentimental person, Kemper said the busy shooting schedule for the final episode didn't leave too much room to absorb the finality of it all — save, of course, for the sloppy Joe helping at craft service. Yvonne Villarreal,, 7 June 2019 From fighting over the Zagat's restaurant guide as Bev and Hank, to singing about a lunch lady and a lovestruck sloppy joe, the duo seemed unstoppable in the early '90s. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 27 May 2019

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First Known Use of sloppy joe

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for sloppy joe

probably from the name Joe, nickname for Joseph

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The first known use of sloppy joe was in 1940

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English Language Learners Definition of sloppy joe

US : ground beef that is cooked in a thick, spicy sauce and usually served on a bun

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