Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being sloppy.
  • n. The result or product of being sloppy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sloppy; muddiness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being sloppy; plashiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of not being careful or taking pains
  • n. the wetness of ground that is covered or soaked with water
  • n. a lack of order and tidiness; not cared for
  • n. falsely emotional in a maudlin way

Etymologies

From sloppy +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Good God, that kind of sloppiness is astonishing, especially seeing as the errors are not due to the difficulty of the words being used.

    Five-typo feast of fail

  • "The general level of sloppiness is pervasive around the industry," said Diane Thompson, counsel at the National Consumer Law Center.

    Bank Of America Delays Foreclosures In 23 States

  • The slops and water-witcheries of the coffee - houses, varying only in sloppiness and witchery, never even approximate or suggest what you and I are accustomed to drink as tea and coffee.

    COFFEE-HOUSES AND DOSS-HOUSES

  • When you are sloppy with your assertions, don't complain when their sloppiness is pointed out to you.

    Beckwith on ID

  • The literary equivalent of that sloppiness is lazy language and lack of credibility.

    Reality Check Ahead

  • Playing before 68,031 of their fans, they took advantage of New Orleans 'sloppiness from the first play, a fumbled kickoff.

    USATODAY.com - Scores

  • The slops and water-witcheries of the coffee-houses, varying only in sloppiness and witchery, never even approximate or suggest what you and I are accustomed to drink as tea and coffee.

    Coffee-Houses and Doss-Houses

  • Charles Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which will question Geithner next Wednesday, hasn't formally taken a position on the nominee, and he faulted Geithner for tax "sloppiness" - but he also said yesterday: "I don't believe there's any doubt about his qualifications."

    DN_EarthtoPhilly

  • Some of it is in-built bias and some of it is plain sloppiness.

    What we are up against

  • The shorthand becomes harmful — that is, the sloppiness exceeds the usefulness — when we start arguing about whether a beanbag is a chair in the abstract, rather than asking “Why do you want to know?”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What means this “English”?:

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