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[slop-ee] /ˈslɒp i/
adjective, sloppier, sloppiest.
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
1700-10; slop1 + -y1
Related forms
sloppily, adverb
sloppiness, noun
2, 4. messy. 3. slipshod. 4. slatternly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sloppy
  • Sucking at arithmetic is usually due to laziness or sloppy work.
  • So, while no one was looking, medical chroniclers grew sloppy.
  • While sloppy drumming and sloppy thinking come from brain cells that are slightly out of synch.
  • But, she explains, there's a difference between a high-functioning workaholic versus a sloppy workaholic.
  • The brain uses two different checks to guard against sloppy copy, a new study finds.
  • It's not that they were teaching us to be sloppy scholars, either.
  • It fits loose enough that it's comfy, but not sloppy.
  • Another layer of distortion is added when these stories get picked up by sloppy or sensational science writers.
  • They appear sloppy and careless, but with a purpose.
  • Although these can occur with no help from technology, they are another by-product of sloppy word-processing.
British Dictionary definitions for sloppy


adjective -pier, -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 Forms
sloppily, adverb
sloppiness, 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
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Slang definitions & phrases for sloppy

slope 2


An Asian; dink, gook

[Vietnam War armed forces; fr the apparent slanting of eyes caused by the typical epicanthic fold of Asian peoples]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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