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1‘they sat round the table eating a sloppy chicken curry’
runny, watery, thin, liquid, semi-liquid, mushy, soupy
wet, soggy, slushy, sludgy
South African slap
2‘we gave away a goal through sloppy defending’
careless, slapdash, slipshod, lackadaisical, disorganized, haphazard, unmethodical, unsystematic, hit-or-miss, untidy, messy, thoughtless, inattentive, heedless, hasty, hurried
thrown together, last-minute, cursory, perfunctory, negligent, neglectful, remiss, lax, slack, slovenly
informal shambolic, all over the place, slap-happy
British informal all over the shop
baggy, loose-fitting, loose, generously cut, not tight, roomy
shapeless, sack-like, slack, oversized, ill-fitting, bagging
4‘sloppy letters from a boy she had met on holiday’
sentimental, mawkish, over-sentimental, overemotional, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, sugar-coated, syrupy
informal slushy, mushy, weepy, tear-jerking, schmaltzy, cutesy, lovey-dovey, gooey, drippy, sloshy, soupy, treacly, cheesy, corny, icky, sick-making, toe-curling
British informal soppy
North American informal cornball, sappy, hokey, three-hanky
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