1. lazy, inefficient, imprecise.
|Academy 29 Mar. 218: [To] teach a great number of sciences and languages in an elementary and sloppy way [F&H].|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 24: Her Sunday stays would not permit of the absolute freedom of movement which Mr. McDuff called ‘sloppy’.|
|Cornishman 12 Mar. 7/1: Age of Sloppy Dress. ‘We live in a neglige age, and, unfortunately sloppiness is the keynote of our attire today,’ says the ‘Outfitter’.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 279: Monday morning dawned dismal and sloppy.‘Annye’s Ma’ in|
|Tell England (1965) 27: Don’t be a sloppy ass.|
|Dundee Courier (Angus, Scot.) 28 Mar. 3/4: There was too much sloppy theology nowawdays. The horror of the age was that it did not realise the enormity of sin.|
|Green Ice (1988) 46: I was looking for a sloppy blonde.|
|They Die with Their Boots Clean 75: I’ll instinctive you, you sloppy great Date, you!|
|Best that Ever Did It (1957) 117: I wasn’t much of a detective [...] what little work I was doing was sloppy as hell.|
|Fairy Tales of N.Y. I i: Helen could never pack things. I told her she was sloppy, why don’t you fold things up?|
|Family Arsenal 98: I still think it’s a pretty sloppy outfit.|
|Tourist Season (1987) 182: Sloppy fucker, too. Left his finger-prints all over the piping.|
|Powder 71: Even the basic classics [...] looked sloppy on Tony.|
|Layer Cake 5: He knows we’re not sloppy wankers.|
2. mawkishly sentimental.
|‘’Arry on the Season’ in Punch 22 June 298/1: Such sloppy saloop [...] ‘embellished’ with rummy old cuts.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Nov. 48/3: It’s sloppy stuff to spoon out here and now before a gang of hard-doers with whipped-beer in their ignoble whiskers, but I did it well then.|
|Bread-Winner Act III: You’re just a silly, hysterical, sloppy schoolgirl.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 16: The female in question was a sloppy pest.|
|Odd – But Even So 16: He [...] had met Marie, and just gone all sloppy and sentimental.|
|Look Back in Anger Act III: He’s a sloppy, irritating bastard, but he’s got a big heart.|
|(con. 1940s) Confessions 21: Shut up, you sloppy Irish mick.|
|Hazell and the Three-card Trick (1977) 100: In this town if we’ve known each other for longer than a year that’s friendship. Let’s not get sloppy.|
|It (1987) 176: He thought of when the Penguins came on the radio singing ‘Earth Angel’ – ‘my darling dear/love you all the time ... ’ Yeah, it was stupid, all right, sloppy as a used Kleenex.|
3. (US) messy.
|City Of The World 245: It’s too hard and sloppy and cold a bed.|
|(con. 1917–18) War Bugs 231: We kicked our carefully-folded blankets into sloppy piles.|
|Green Ice (1988) 27: The place was sloppy with newspapers.|
4. (US, also slip-sloppy) drunk.
|‘Sl. Expressions for Drunk’ in New Republic in AS XVI:1 (1941) 9 Mar. 70: [...] sloppy.|
|Stealing Through Life 279: Don’t get sloppy drunk at some bootleg joint.|
|Howard the Duck 94: He had just got sloppy after knocking back half a bottle of Chivas.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 9: slip-sloppy – very drunk.|
|Street Talk 2 23: You got sloppy at her party last night.|
(US) overcome by drink.
|Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) 113: We hit the bottle [...] The whole frigging tier got sloppy-ass drunk.|
1. (US black/campus) to get drunk.
2. to have sexual intercourse.