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 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,, "Coronavirus: St. Joseph delivers food, schoolwork and a familiar face," 24 Apr. 2020 The sloppy joe consistency for this recipe needed to be thick, not soupy. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Super Bowl food: Easy twist on sloppy joes has a horseradish kick," 24 Jan. 2020 Spaghetti Bolognese turned an Italian standby into a sloppy Joe with noodles. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Conroy’s Bar & Grill gets a global buzz going at its Stone Oak restaurant," 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, "Rice Village's Politan Row adds coffeehouse, cocktail bar, bao and tacos," 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,, "Here are all the new food offerings at Soldier Field for the Bears’ 100th season," 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,, "Ellie Kemper’s ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ makes a difference by series finale," 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, "The Actual Reason Why Chris Farley and Adam Sandler Were Fired From 'SNL'," 27 May 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sloppy joe.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sloppy joe

Time Traveler for sloppy joe

Time Traveler

The first known use of sloppy joe was in 1940

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sloppy joe

Cite this Entry

“Sloppy joe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sloppy joe

sloppy joe

How to pronounce sloppy joe (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sloppy joe

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

More from Merriam-Webster on sloppy joe

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sloppy joe

Britannica English: Translation of sloppy joe for Arabic Speakers

Comments on sloppy joe

What made you want to look up sloppy joe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!