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
Good God, that kind of sloppiness is astonishing, especially seeing as the errors are not due to the difficulty of the words being used.
"The general level of sloppiness is pervasive around the industry," said Diane Thompson, counsel at the National Consumer Law Center.
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.
When you are sloppy with your assertions, don't complain when their sloppiness is pointed out to you.
The literary equivalent of that sloppiness is lazy language and lack of credibility.
Playing before 68,031 of their fans, they took advantage of New Orleans 'sloppiness from the first play, a fumbled kickoff.
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.
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."
Some of it is in-built bias and some of it is plain sloppiness.
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?”