Definition of sloppy in English:

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sloppy

Pronunciation: /ˈsläpē/

adjective (sloppier, sloppiest)

1Careless and unsystematic; excessively casual: your speech has always been sloppy
More example sentences
  • It's true that people get signed on the strength of some pretty ropey demos but you have to think about why you would want to expend the effort of being in a band and then showcase your sound in such a sloppy careless way.
  • There is no reason for the government to shape policies to protect companies that are inherently weak, or are sloppy and careless.
  • Meticulous on the one hand, but unbelievably sloppy and careless on the other.
Synonyms
careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, haphazard, lax, slack, slovenly
informal slaphappy, shambolic
2(Of a garment) casual and loose-fitting: she wore a sloppy sweater and jeans
More example sentences
  • I normally wear big sloppy shirts to disguise my figure, but I cannot go to the beach because it is so obvious that I have no top.
  • They pull it all together, like a great belt does a sloppy dress.
  • Leaving it hanging out makes you look really sloppy, especially when most shirts I buy are sized too big, thus making it look like I'm wearing a dress.
Synonyms
baggy, loose-fitting, loose, generously cut;
shapeless, sacklike, oversized
3(Of semifluid matter) containing too much liquid; watery: do not make the concrete too sloppy
More example sentences
  • This point was well made when the woman next to me spilt some of her sloppy pasta sauce on to the floor and it almost hit me.
  • Sketch was staring at it as well, in between bites of a sloppy peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
  • The mixture was ridiculously sloppy, so I added more flour and breadcrumbs and then tried to mould the mixture around the layer of mince.
Synonyms
runny, watery, thin, liquid, semiliquid, mushy, gloppy
4 informal (Of literature or behavior) weakly or foolishly sentimental: lovers of sloppy romance
More example sentences
  • I like to have my tears jerked as much as the next sloppy sentimentalist.
  • In a culture as sloppy with sentiment and theologically illiterate as ours, it's a dangerous thing to spend much time speculating about.
  • I was going to write about a couple of more films tonight, but I'm fading fast and my prose is getting a little sloppy and sentimental.
Synonyms
sentimental, mawkish, cloying, saccharine, sugary, syrupy;
romantic
informal slushy, schmaltzy, lovey-dovey, soppy, cornball, corny, sappy, hokey, three-hankie

Derivatives

sloppily

Pronunciation: /ˈsläpəlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • But it would be rude of you and you'd deserve those dirty looks if you blew your nose loudly and sloppily right next to someone.
  • He wears an oversized black hoodie and a sloppily tied ponytail.
  • Their answer seems to be a sloppily sewn-together quilt of stale stereotypes and untimely political references.

Words that rhyme with sloppy

choppy, copy, floppy, jalopy, moppy, poppy, soppy, stroppy

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: slop·py

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