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[sloop] /slup/
a single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel, with or without a bowsprit, having a jib-headed or gaff mainsail, the latter sometimes with a gaff topsail, and one or more headsails.
Compare cutter (def 3), knockabout (def 1).
Origin of sloop
1620-30; < Dutch sloep; akin to Old English slūpan to glide Unabridged
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  • Franchard lost no time in towing the sloop back to the boat-house.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • I thought I was again in the Barbadian sloop, during the storm.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • “That other sloop is coming up fast,” announced Bat Sedley, not a great while later.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • Wee returned from this place to Johanna and the sloop in our Company.

  • A party of twenty-five English set out from Casco in a sloop and two boats, sailed along the bay, and entered the river.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Is the sloop now under Seizure the same sloop that was thus taken?

  • She was a sloop of the Revenue cutter build, and her burthen was about one hundred tons.

    Toronto of Old Henry Scadding
  • For some reason the men on the sloop got frightened and left him on the beach.

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • But he knows his business, and once safe on board the sloop our fugitive will be safe enow.

    The Secret Chamber at Chad Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for sloop


a single-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with the mast stepped about one third of the overall length aft of the bow Compare cutter (sense 2)
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch sloep; related to French chaloupe launch, Old English slūpan to glide
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Word Origin and History for sloop

"small fore and aft rigged vessel with one mast, generally carrying a jib, fore-stay sail, mainsail, and gaff-topsail," 1620s, from Dutch sloep "a sloop;" probably from French chaloupe, from Old French chalupe "small, sloop-rigged vessel," which is perhaps related to English shallop [OED]. But according to Barnhart and Watkins the Dutch word might simply be from Middle Dutch slupen "to glide," from PIE *sleubh- (see sleeve). In old military use, a small ship of war carrying guns on the upper deck only (1670s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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