sloppy joe

noun slop·py joe \ ˈslä-pē-ˈjō \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of sloppy joe

probably from the name Joe, nickname for Joseph


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sloppy joe

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


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