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adjective, slop·pi·er, slop·pi·est.
  1. muddy, slushy, or very wet: The field was a sloppy mess after the rain.
  2. splashed or soiled with liquid.
  3. careless; loose: sloppy writing.
  4. untidy; slovenly: sloppy clothes; a sloppy eater.
  5. overly emotional; gushy: sloppy sentimentality.
  6. (of food or drink) prepared or served in an unappetizing way.
  7. (of clothes) loose-fitting; baggy: a big, sloppy sweater.
  8. (of the surface of a racetrack) wet from a recent or continuing heavy rain and containing puddles and mud still too thin and watery to be sticky.
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Origin of sloppy

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

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2, 4. messy. 3. slipshod. 4. slatternly.
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Related Words for sloppy

poor, awkward, muddy, clumsy, careless, dirty, wet, mediocre, bedraggled, dingy, disheveled, inattentive, slapdash, slipshod, slovenly, splashy, tacky, unkempt, untidy, watery

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Historical Examples of sloppy

  • "That was a sloppy thing to do," he said to himself, and he flung the earth away from him.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • She told one girl her work was sloppy and made her do the flower over.


    Emile Zola

  • It was a rainy, windy October night, sloppy underfoot, dripping overhead.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • The writing is vigorous and there is no sloppy sentimentality.

  • That was the word the sloppy copyist of yesteryear had wrongly transcribed.


    Roger Arcot

British Dictionary definitions for sloppy


adjective -pier or -piest
  1. (esp of ground conditions, etc) wet; slushy
  2. informal careless; untidy
  3. informal mawkishly sentimental
  4. (of food or drink) watery and unappetizing
  5. splashed with slops
  6. (of clothes) loose; baggy
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Derived Formssloppily, adverbsloppiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sloppy


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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