sloppy joe

slop·py joe | \ˈslä-pē-ˈjō \

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

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The house ramen will be a slightly spicy miso ramen with chicken or that Asian sloppy joe, corn, a soft-boiled egg and roasted roma tomatoes. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "A ramen and banh mi shop is coming to Fountain Square," 4 Apr. 2018 The Man in the Park Burger has sloppy Joe and onion straws. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Girl in the Park in Orland Park," 5 July 2018 Indian version of a sloppy joe or pulled pork sandwich. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Owner of Decatur’s Tava Indian Bistro to compete on ‘MasterChef’," 30 May 2018 Go for a sloppy Joe or the brisket stew, or pick up a family-pack dinner. Robert Philpot And Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "In town for the NFL Draft? Here's a roster of Arlington restaurants | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 Apr. 2018 Black Eye owners Adam Perry and Kari Nickander made me the shop's signature ramen with that Asian sloppy joe and the meatball banh mi. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "A ramen and banh mi shop is coming to Fountain Square," 4 Apr. 2018 It can be served in a bun (à la sloppy joe) or between sliced white bread, much like a hot turkey sandwich with gravy. Smithsonian, "The History of Five Uniquely American Sandwiches," 4 Nov. 2017 And that mess is what drove senior food editor Rick Martinez to develop the ultimate sloppy Joe recipe. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The Sloppy Joe Is the World's Most Welcomed Mess," 6 Mar. 2017 Some say the sloppy Joe was invented in the 1930s in Iowa. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The Sloppy Joe Is the World's Most Welcomed Mess," 6 Mar. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sloppy joe

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

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