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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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  • It is turning a little colder now, which will be really a great improvement over the sloppy weather we have been having.

  • Nothing faulty or sloppy was going into that jungle with him if he could prevent it.

    Despoilers of the Golden Empire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Once across that quarter-mile of sloppy, rotting ice, he knew there was good, clear running to his cabin and his gun.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • In another moment the editor of sloppy Chunks was before him.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • "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
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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