- muddy, slushy, or very wet: The field was a sloppy mess after the rain.
- splashed or soiled with liquid.
- careless; loose: sloppy writing.
- untidy; slovenly: sloppy clothes; a sloppy eater.
- overly emotional; gushy: sloppy sentimentality.
- (of food or drink) prepared or served in an unappetizing way.
- (of clothes) loose-fitting; baggy: a big, sloppy sweater.
- (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.
Origin of sloppy
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Examples from the Web for sloppy
He catalogues the sloppy flow of outside money and its failures to transform the country.Confronting George Clooney’s Critics on South Sudan
October 7, 2014
I mean, it shouldn't be sloppy work; it shouldn't be bad procurement process.
Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.
There are two separate crises that Republicans (and sloppy liberals) are conflating for political reasons.The So-Called Immigration Border Crisis Is Neither
July 10, 2014
The Chairman, the new book about disgraced former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer, is a sloppy, ugly mess.The Messy, Sordid Story of Jim Greer, Charlie Crist’s Man to a Fault
June 29, 2014
"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.L'Assommoir
It was a rainy, windy October night, sloppy underfoot, dripping overhead.The Market-Place
The writing is vigorous and there is no sloppy sentimentality.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
That was the word the sloppy copyist of yesteryear had wrongly transcribed.G-r-r-r...!
- (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
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.