Definition of sloppy in English:



  • 1Careless and unsystematic; excessively casual:

    ‘we gave away a goal through sloppy defending’
    • ‘The point here is to challenge the media's effort to turn Judge Jones into something he's not in order to defend a biased and sloppy ruling.’
    • ‘Meticulous on the one hand, but unbelievably sloppy and careless on the other.’
    • ‘I want to begin by apologizing for all of the grammatical errors, slapdash reasoning, and sloppy writing in my recent posts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The group responsible for evaluation and safety insisted that the other group was too quick, careless and sloppy in their safety review procedures.’
    • ‘Don't send a resume and cover letter that has misspellings, poor grammar or looks sloppy and unprofessional.’
    • ‘And neither do you, thanks to sloppy reporting and slapdash conclusions.’
    • ‘It's so unprofessional to have a sloppy list, so write another one, okay?’
    • ‘There are too many amateurs out there writing sloppy code.’
    • ‘Despite what you may think, that kind of sloppy unprofessionalism doesn't add to the cutting edge breaking news image.’
    • ‘The environment is gradually being ruined by sloppy and haphazard planning.’
    • ‘Either way, it's entertaining, even though Blumenthal is sometimes sloppy with his facts.’
    • ‘They're right to worry: the system is haphazard and sloppy.’
    • ‘It takes 50 or 100 rounds before you really start to improve, but after 200 rounds it's easy to get sloppy and careless.’
    • ‘Then it uses sloppy arguments to defend their act, and they even repeat it.’
    • ‘Holding onto profits might lead to excessive executive compensation, sloppy management, and unproductive use of assets.’
    • ‘She has a recurring dream, she confides, in which she is a sloppy and unprofessional actress.’
    • ‘There is no reason for the government to shape policies to protect companies that are inherently weak, or are sloppy and careless.’
    • ‘Sure, there are some plot issues and short-cuts that have to be avoided, but these are not the result of sloppy film-making or careless consideration for the audience.’
    • ‘I'll stick with my sloppy couldn't care-less style thank you very much.’
    careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, disorganized, haphazard, unmethodical, unsystematic, hit-or-miss, untidy, messy, thoughtless, inattentive, heedless, hasty, hurried
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  • 2(of a garment) casual and loose-fitting:

    ‘she wore a sloppy sweater and jeans’
    • ‘Yesterday was the first time I've ever seen Kris wear shorts and a tank top, because he usually just isn't that sloppy.’
    • ‘I was in my sloppy clothes that I wear at home only.’
    • ‘I shook my head in amusement and settled back to look at her, dressed in sloppy pajamas.’
    • ‘She thought of Tony and how sloppy he dressed sometimes.’
    • ‘Convoy leadership found some sloppy uniforms during a morning formation, resulting in push-ups for several troops.’
    • ‘Her long hair hung haphazardly in a sloppy braid and her tunic and leggings were dirty and torn.’
    • ‘She had it back in a sloppy ponytail and was in her pajamas.’
    • ‘And while all this looked terrifically cool on the models on the catwalk, it is near impossible for normal women like us to wear this and not look sloppy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had even managed to make the school uniform look sloppy.’
    • ‘I just bought a pair of permanent press pants and after the first wash they already look sloppy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, make sure your jacket is well-adjusted because a badly tailored jacket will make you look chunky and sloppy.’
    • ‘His mother always told him the jeans looked sloppy and that he should get rid of them, but never bothered doing it herself when the chance arose.’
    • ‘They pull it all together, like a great belt does a sloppy dress.’
    • ‘Golfing slacks and sloppy polo shirts might be fine for the links, but they won't cut it among his new playboy peer group.’
    • ‘Her long hair was pulled back, and she wore a sloppy sweatshirt over clashing baggy sweatpants.’
    • ‘Save the extremely loose fitting shorts for boxers and basketball players; they lack sex appeal and look kind of sloppy altogether on a regular guy working out.’
    • ‘The scraps of American, Italian, and British clothing and flying gear we used were sloppy but practical.’
    • ‘Sharp lawyers dress very sharp, and their shoes always shine, while sloppy lawyers dress accordingly and their shoes are usually in a mess as well.’
    baggy, loose-fitting, loose, generously cut, not tight, roomy
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  • 3(of semi-fluid matter) containing too much liquid; watery:

    ‘do not make the concrete too sloppy’
    • ‘Make it sloppy food for the first few days after the whelping.’
    • ‘But his barbecued pork chow is a great big sloppy yummy concoction.’
    • ‘Food and water fall every fourth hour in a sloppy mixture from the ceiling.’
    • ‘With the machine running, gradually add enough oil to achieve a sloppy paste consistency.’
    • ‘She wanted to get the money and get you out the door, without recognising that maybe, just maybe, you were less likely to return if you had a sloppy sandwich with a thumbprint in the middle of it.’
    • ‘It's sludgy and frequently sloppy but that's the point.’
    • ‘Rohr cackled as he dug into the sloppy meat with fiendish glee.’
    • ‘Sketch was staring at it as well, in between bites of a sloppy peanut butter and jelly sandwich.’
    • ‘He has to eat sloppy food and cannot open his mouth wide, to see if his jaw will heal without being wired.’
    • ‘Whisk whites with sugar to form sloppy meringue’
    • ‘It's quite a mysterious, sloppy dish, you can't really see what you are eating, you just have to trust the taste combination.’
    • ‘A fellow journalist found his kettle full of a brown, sloppy substance.’
    • ‘The flaky filo crust gave way to sloppy mouthfuls of meat and dark gravy beneath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One moment demanding a sensitive physicality that eased her down the face of a wave in a sizzle of surf, and the next demanding brute strength to bludgeon her prow into a rising hillock of sloppy green water.’
    • ‘She was pacing back and forth in the dense sloppy snow that was left over from the storm two weeks before.’
    • ‘The mixture was ridiculously sloppy, so I added more flour and breadcrumbs and then tried to mould the mixture around the layer of mince.’
    • ‘It's a real bonus as well that the sauce isn't too sweet, nor thick and sloppy like warm peanut butter - something you'll find in many joints.’
    • ‘Retreating to the mud slope, we set to work with the sloppy mud.’
    • ‘She said: ‘He knew what he wanted and it was not sloppy, soft food, but it was explained to him that he had been put on it for his own good.’’
    runny, watery, thin, liquid, semi-liquid, mushy, soupy
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  • 4informal (of literature or behaviour) weakly or foolishly sentimental:

    ‘lovers of sloppy romance’
    • ‘I know this must sound sloppy or romantic, but put yourself in my shoes, you would feel the same.’
    • ‘A society run on love alone is decadent and sloppy.’
    • ‘I like to have my tears jerked as much as the next sloppy sentimentalist.’
    • ‘If the love of God were as sloppy and sentimental and subjective as our own, we could never count on him to be consistent in anything.’
    • ‘In a culture as sloppy with sentiment and theologically illiterate as ours, it's a dangerous thing to spend much time speculating about.’
    • ‘Here is architecture, rather than sloppy sentimentality or crass commercialism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But what we did have in common was a dislike of soppy, sloppy liberalism, the idea that there are no moral absolutes.’
    sentimental, mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
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