sloppy 1727, "muddy," from SLOP (Cf. slop) (q.v.). Meaning "loose, ill-fitting" is first recorded 1825, influenced by slop "loose outer garment" (1376), which is probably from M.Du. slop. Hence, also, slop-shop (1723). 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.

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  • Sloppy — Slop py, a. [Compar. {Sloppier}; superl. {Sloppiest}.] [From {Slop}.] Wet, so as to spatter easily; wet, as with something slopped over; muddy; plashy; as, a sloppy place, walk, road. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sloppy — index careless, repulsive, slipshod Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sloppy — slovenly, unkempt, disheveled, *slipshod Analogous words: *negligent, neglectful, slack, remiss, lax: mawkish, maudlin, soppy, slushy (see SENTIMENTAL): *slatternly, dowdy, frowzy, blowsy Contrasted words: *careful, meticulous, scrupulous,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sloppy — [adj] messy awkward, bedraggled, botched, careless, clumsy, dingy, dirty, disheveled, inattentive, mediocre, muddy, not clean, poor, slapdash, slipshod, slovenly, sludgy*, slushy*, splashy*, tacky*, unkempt, unthorough, untidy, watery, wet;… …   New thesaurus

  • sloppy — ► ADJECTIVE (sloppier, sloppiest) 1) (of semi fluid matter) containing too much liquid; watery. 2) careless and unsystematic. 3) (of a garment) casual and loose fitting. 4) weakly or foolishly sentimental. DERIVATIVES sloppily …   English terms dictionary

  • sloppy — [släp′ē] adj. sloppier, sloppiest 1. consisting of or covered with slop; wet and splashy; muddy; slushy 2. splashed or spotted with liquids 3. a) very untidy; showing lack of care; slovenly or messy b) careless; slipshod …   English World dictionary

  • sloppy — UK [ˈslɒpɪ] / US [ˈslɑpɪ] adjective Word forms sloppy : adjective sloppy comparative sloppier superlative sloppiest 1) done in a very careless way a sloppy performance 2) sloppy clothes are loose and informal a sloppy sweatshirt 3) expressing… …   English dictionary

  • sloppy — sloppily, adv. sloppiness, n. /slop ee/, adj., sloppier, sloppiest. 1. muddy, slushy, or very wet: The field was a sloppy mess after the rain. 2. splashed or soiled with liquid. 3. careless; loose: sloppy writing. 4. untidy; slovenly: sloppy… …   Universalium

  • sloppy — slop|py [ˈslɔpi US ˈsla:pi] adj 1.) not done carefully or thoroughly = ↑careless ▪ sloppy work ▪ His written reports are incredibly sloppy. 2.) sloppy clothes are loose fitting, untidy, or dirty ▪ Ann was dressed in a sloppy brown sweater. 3.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sloppy — [[t]slɒ̱pi[/t]] sloppier, sloppiest 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone s work or activities as sloppy, you mean they have been done in a careless and lazy way. He has little patience for sloppy work from colleagues... His… …   English dictionary

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