Definition of sloppy in US English:



  • 1Careless and unsystematic; excessively casual.

    ‘your speech has always been sloppy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meticulous on the one hand, but unbelievably sloppy and careless on the other.’
    • ‘It takes 50 or 100 rounds before you really start to improve, but after 200 rounds it's easy to get sloppy and careless.’
    • ‘Despite what you may think, that kind of sloppy unprofessionalism doesn't add to the cutting edge breaking news image.’
    • ‘They're right to worry: the system is haphazard and sloppy.’
    • ‘Don't send a resume and cover letter that has misspellings, poor grammar or looks sloppy and unprofessional.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Holding onto profits might lead to excessive executive compensation, sloppy management, and unproductive use of assets.’
    • ‘Then it uses sloppy arguments to defend their act, and they even repeat it.’
    • ‘There is no reason for the government to shape policies to protect companies that are inherently weak, or are sloppy and careless.’
    • ‘The group responsible for evaluation and safety insisted that the other group was too quick, careless and sloppy in their safety review procedures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And neither do you, thanks to sloppy reporting and slapdash conclusions.’
    • ‘Either way, it's entertaining, even though Blumenthal is sometimes sloppy with his facts.’
    • ‘I'll stick with my sloppy couldn't care-less style thank you very much.’
    • ‘She has a recurring dream, she confides, in which she is a sloppy and unprofessional actress.’
    • ‘The environment is gradually being ruined by sloppy and haphazard planning.’
    • ‘I want to begin by apologizing for all of the grammatical errors, slapdash reasoning, and sloppy writing in my recent posts.’
    • ‘There are too many amateurs out there writing sloppy code.’
    • ‘It's so unprofessional to have a sloppy list, so write another one, okay?’
    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’
    • ‘Golfing slacks and sloppy polo shirts might be fine for the links, but they won't cut it among his new playboy peer group.’
    • ‘Convoy leadership found some sloppy uniforms during a morning formation, resulting in push-ups for several troops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yesterday was the first time I've ever seen Kris wear shorts and a tank top, because he usually just isn't that sloppy.’
    • ‘Her long hair hung haphazardly in a sloppy braid and her tunic and leggings were dirty and torn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, make sure your jacket is well-adjusted because a badly tailored jacket will make you look chunky and sloppy.’
    • ‘The scraps of American, Italian, and British clothing and flying gear we used were sloppy but practical.’
    • ‘He had even managed to make the school uniform look sloppy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was in my sloppy clothes that I wear at home only.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had it back in a sloppy ponytail and was in her pajamas.’
    • ‘I shook my head in amusement and settled back to look at her, dressed in sloppy pajamas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She thought of Tony and how sloppy he dressed sometimes.’
    baggy, loose-fitting, loose, generously cut, not tight, roomy
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  • 3(of semifluid matter) containing too much liquid; watery.

    ‘do not make the concrete too sloppy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Retreating to the mud slope, we set to work with the sloppy mud.’
    • ‘It's sludgy and frequently sloppy but that's the point.’
    • ‘Make it sloppy food for the first few days after the whelping.’
    • ‘A fellow journalist found his kettle full of a brown, sloppy substance.’
    • ‘But his barbecued pork chow is a great big sloppy yummy concoction.’
    • ‘Whisk whites with sugar to form sloppy meringue’
    • ‘The flaky filo crust gave way to sloppy mouthfuls of meat and dark gravy beneath.’
    • ‘Rohr cackled as he dug into the sloppy meat with fiendish glee.’
    • ‘The mixture was ridiculously sloppy, so I added more flour and breadcrumbs and then tried to mould the mixture around the layer of mince.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Food and water fall every fourth hour in a sloppy mixture from the ceiling.’
    • ‘He has to eat sloppy food and cannot open his mouth wide, to see if his jaw will heal without being wired.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the machine running, gradually add enough oil to achieve a sloppy paste consistency.’
    • ‘It's quite a mysterious, sloppy dish, you can't really see what you are eating, you just have to trust the taste combination.’
    • ‘She was pacing back and forth in the dense sloppy snow that was left over from the storm two weeks before.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    runny, watery, thin, liquid, semi-liquid, mushy, soupy
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  • 4informal (of literature or behavior) weakly or foolishly sentimental.

    ‘lovers of sloppy romance’
    • ‘I like to have my tears jerked as much as the next sloppy sentimentalist.’
    • ‘Here is architecture, rather than sloppy sentimentality or crass commercialism.’
    • ‘In a culture as sloppy with sentiment and theologically illiterate as ours, it's a dangerous thing to spend much time speculating about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But what we did have in common was a dislike of soppy, sloppy liberalism, the idea that there are no moral absolutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A society run on love alone is decadent and sloppy.’
    • ‘I know this must sound sloppy or romantic, but put yourself in my shoes, you would feel the same.’
    sentimental, mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
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