adjective, slop·pi·er, slop·pi·est.

Origin of sloppy

First recorded in 1700–10; slop1 + -y1
Related formsslop·pi·ly, adverbslop·pi·ness, noun

Synonyms for sloppy

2, 4. messy. 3. slipshod. 4. slatternly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sloppily

Contemporary Examples of sloppily

  • From the title on, Cheney the author seems hopelessly, blindly, foolishly, sloppily in love with his subject.

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    Cheney's Love Letter to Himself

    Paul Begala

    September 7, 2011

  • Many are sloppily melodramatic and the show seems thrown at you unedited.

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    The Art of 'Mr. Brainwash'

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    February 18, 2010

Historical Examples of sloppily

British Dictionary definitions for sloppily


adjective -pier or -piest

(esp of ground conditions, etc) wet; slushy
informal careless; untidy
informal mawkishly sentimental
(of food or drink) watery and unappetizing
splashed with slops
(of clothes) loose; baggy
Derived Formssloppily, adverbsloppiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sloppily



1727, "muddy," from slop (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "loose, ill-fitting, slovenly" is first recorded 1825, influenced by slop (n.2). Related: Sloppily; sloppiness. Sloppy Joe was originally "loose-fitting sweater worn by girls" (1942); as a name for a kind of spiced hamburger, it is attested from 1961.

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