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sloppy

adjective uk   /ˈslɒp.i/ us    /ˈslɑː.pi/

sloppy adjective (TOO WET)

informal disapproving (of a substance) more liquid than it should be, often in a way that is unpleasant: The batter was a bit sloppy so I added some more flour.

sloppy adjective (LACKING CARE)

disapproving not taking care or making an effort: Spelling mistakes always look sloppy in a formal letter. Another sloppy pass like that might lose them the whole match. Sloppy clothes are large, loose, and often untidy: At home I tend to wear big sloppy jumpers and jeans.

sloppy adjective (EMOTIONAL)

informal disapproving expressing feelings of love in a way that is silly or embarrassing: a sloppy love song
sloppily
adverb uk   /ˈslɒp.ɪ.li/ us    /ˈslɑː.pɪ-/ disapproving
badly or carelessly: a sloppily written letter
sloppiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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