- any of various vessels formerly used for sailing or rowing in shallow waters, especially a two-masted, gaff-rigged vessel of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Origin of shallop
1570–80; < French chaloupe < German Schaluppe sloop
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Examples from the Web for shallop
At Nauset, now Eastham, their shallop was unfortunately wrecked.
While at Nauset an Indian stole some trifle from the shallop as she lay in a creek.
They presently sent a shallop, conceiving they should have some thing by him.Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'
A shallop was sent ashore, with five or six seamen, well-armed.
The kind Swedes brought me on board, and also righted and returned with the shallop.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
- a light boat used for rowing in shallow water
- (formerly) a two-masted gaff-rigged vessel
C16: from French chaloupe, from Dutch sloep sloop
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Word Origin and History for shallop
"kind of light boat," 1570s, from French chaloupe, from Dutch sloep "sloop" (see sloop). Cf. Spanish chalupa, Italian scialuppa.
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