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 sloppy

Contemporary Examples of sloppy

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

(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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper