sloppy

Sloppy means "untidy" or "messy." If your bedroom has clothes all over the floor, it's sloppy. And, if you end up with food all over your shirt every time you eat something, you're sloppy.

Besides "out of order" or "not clean," sloppy can also mean "careless" or "overemotional." So you might do a sloppy job on an important paper for school. Or you might go to a sad movie and cry while you watch it, even though you know it's sloppy and sentimental. The original 18th century meaning of this adjective was simply "muddy." And before it meant "ground beef sandwich on a bun," a sloppy joe was a "loose, messy sweater."

Definitions of sloppy
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adj lacking neatness or order

“a sloppy room”
sloppy habits”
Synonyms:
untidy
not neat and tidy

adj marked by great carelessness

sloppy workmanship”
Synonyms:
haphazard, slapdash, slipshod
careless
marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

adj excessively or abnormally emotional

Synonyms:
overemotional
emotional
of more than usual emotion

adj wet or smeared with a spilled liquid or moist material

“a sloppy floor”
“a sloppy saucer”
Synonyms:
wet
covered or soaked with a liquid such as water

adj (of soil) soft and watery

Synonyms:
boggy, marshy, miry, mucky, muddy, quaggy, sloughy, soggy, squashy, swampy, waterlogged
wet
covered or soaked with a liquid such as water

adj not fitting closely; hanging loosely

Synonyms:
baggy, loose-fitting
loose
not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting

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