• WordNet 3.6
    • n sloppiness falsely emotional in a maudlin way
    • n sloppiness the quality of not being careful or taking pains
    • n sloppiness a lack of order and tidiness; not cared for
    • n sloppiness the wetness of ground that is covered or soaked with water "the baseball game was canceled because of the wateriness of the outfield","the water's muddiness made it undrinkable","the sloppiness of a rainy November day"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sloppiness The quality or state of being sloppy; muddiness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sloppiness The state of being sloppy; plashiness.
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  • James L. Hayes
    James L. Hayes
    “Endless meetings, sloppy communications and red tape steal the entrepreneur's time.”
  • William M. Kelly
    William M. Kelly
    “Man is a slow, sloppy and brilliant thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid.”
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    “A couple of hours of practice is worth ten sloppy rounds.”
  • William Safire
    William Safire
    “Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.”
  • Jenny Holzer
    Jenny Holzer
    “Sloppy thinking gets worse over time.”


In literature:

A big, sloppy type in a black coat and a tarboosh.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The lead dog lay down in the sloppy snow.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
The weather gave promise of a sloppy day, and the indications were fully verified.
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
The Black Doctors would not tolerate sloppiness.
"Contamination Crew" by Alan Edward Nourse
But the sloppy, unfinished bracing was unchanged.
"The Tunnel Under The World" by Frederik Pohl
The men wore sloppy brown uniforms and a variety of hats.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The sloppy scientists had very efficient janitors, thought Adam.
"The Enormous Room" by Horace Leonard Gold
The usual January thaw carried away most of the snow and made things generally sloppy and unpleasant.
"Under Boy Scout Colors" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
It is not easy to imagine an up-to-date American dance in this mediaeval, sloppy spot.
"A "Y Girl in France" by Katherine Shortall
Naturally then, the men felt contempt for the operation and their contempt was manifested in sloppiness.
"For Every Man A Reason" by Patrick Wilkins
Everything we handle becomes intellectually rigid and morally sloppy.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
Suddenly he unlimbered, and went stalking gravely up along the sloppy mud between the reeds and the shrunken water.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The track had been deep in dust, and the light showers of the morning made the track a little slow and soggy, but by no means sloppy or muddy.
"History of the Kentucky Derby, 1875-1921" by John Lawrence O'Connor
In fact, the consistency should be between crumbly and sticky, but should never be sloppy.
"Ducks and Geese" by Harry M. Lamon
We've not been sloppy, have we?
"Helena Brett's Career" by Desmond Coke
I ain't got appetite for this sloppy American food no more.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
It gets a good grip on the dirt and is not so sloppy.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
Now don't get sentimental and sloppy; Horace deserves all that's coming to him!
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
My squares were uneven, my backs were wrinkled, and it was really such sloppy work.
"The Bachelors" by William Dana Orcutt
Wal, when he came clost, he begun to smile kinda sloppy, like he'd just had two 'r three.
"Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher" by Eleanor Gates

In poetry:

He got so sloppy and peddled so loose
He busted himself and cooked his own goose
Took the reward for the opium load
Seizing his own haul which same he resold
"CIA Dope Calypso" by Allen Ginsberg
My assignation had struck upon
Some others' like it, I found.
And her lover rose on the night anon;
And then her husband entered on
The lamplit, snowflaked, sloppiness around.
"The Contretemps" by Thomas Hardy
"What sloppy stuff!" I hear you say.
"Give us a lusty song."
Alas! I'm bent and gnarled and grey,—
My life may not be long:
Yet let its crown of glory be
This child upon me knee.
"Baby Sitter" by Robert W Service

In news:

Sloppy Joe tops the Biden, while the Birth Certificate sports Spam.
Sloppy Conditions Postpone Cozzetti's Work.
Just like it is with the full swing, it's easy for golfers to get sloppy while executing their putting strokes.
Hurricane Irene winds diminish, but a sloppy Category 2 still expected.
The Steelers (5-3) snapped New York's four-game winning streak by overcoming some uncharacteristic sloppiness and dominating the second half.
The "walk-to-the-car" cool-down or a couple of sloppy static stretches won't help students restore and rest their minds and bodies.
Try tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes like The Muscle-Maker Salad, The Four-Country Breakfast, Old Bay Shrimp on the Barbie and Very Sloppy Joes with 'Shrooms.
The Colorado Rockies (38-66) gave up two runs in the first, and fourteen more after that, as poor pitching and sloppy play led to a 16-4 rout by the visiting San Francisco Giants (57-49) last night in Denver.
Ruler on Ice reigns in sloppy Belmont.
Sloppy Day in Grand Forks Source: UND Web cam.
Satisfy dad's sloppy side this Father's Day.
Could there be a more perfect Father's Day meal than a sloppy joe.
Sloppy joes are likely to be enjoyed by everyone in the family, especially the kids.
Super Saver wins sloppy Kentucky Derby.
But this widespread view is wrong, based on sloppy analysis and outdated conceptions of national power, says Michael Beckley of Harvard Kennedy School 's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

In science:

The reader is to be warned that the present version of this document suffers from sloppiness on several levels.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
For the remainder of the article, we will be somewhat sloppy about the use of the adjective “smooth”.
Genericity of nondegenerate critical points and Morse geodesic functionals
This is a somewhat sloppy statement: for this to be true, we have to talk about the Galton-Watson tree conditioned to reach a large height, for instance, much as we did in (188).
Recent progress in coalescent theory
The inherently sloppy nature of this design has the potential to be significantly more flexible than past designs.
Jellyfish: Networking Data Centers Randomly
Given Jellyfish’s sloppy topology, a small number of miswirings may not even require fixing in many cases.
Jellyfish: Networking Data Centers Randomly
We will usually be sloppy and refer to such an arc of fold points in the source as well as their image in the target as fold arcs.
On 4-Manifolds, Folds and Cusps
But we will be a bit sloppy, and simply refer to the Kerdock code constructed above as the Kerdock code.
Accurate detection of moving targets via random sensor arrays and Kerdock codes
And then all this sloppy stuff in momentum space.
My Life with Fisher
For clarity of the notation we will be a bit sloppy in our notation here.
Unboundedness of Triad -- Like Operators in Loop Quantum Gravity
In the derivation of the spontaneous symmetry breaking of a harmonic crystal we have been somewhat sloppy in the definition of the symmetry breaking field.
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Mechanics
Admittedly, we have been sloppy with the normalization so far, but we were merely trying to illustrate the major points, not the details.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
Note that my general sloppiness in writing equations extends even to exponents: the last exponent in (4) has some numerical coefficient in it which I haven’t bothered to show.
The Electroweak Phase Transition, Part 1: Review of Perturbative Methods
This can be seen by a brief but sloppy argument, or a slightly longer explicit calculation.
Kaplan-Narayanan-Neuberger lattice fermions pass a perturbative test
Here we will not discuss thermodynamics and phase transitions, so we can be a bit sloppy and refer to the Meissner effect simply as the fact that an external field will not enter the superconducting body when it is switched on.
Connection between London moment and Meissner effect from classical electrodynamics
We will sometimes be sloppy, and use c interchangeably for c1 and for the entire collection {cn}, and vice versa.
Open partial isometries and positivity in operator spaces