- to spill or splash (liquid).
- to spill liquid upon.
- to feed slop to (pigs or other livestock).
- to spill or splash liquid (sometimes followed by about): The children happily slopped about in the puddles.
- (of liquid) to spill or splash out of a container (usually followed by over): The milk slopped over the rim of the glass.
- to walk or go through mud, slush, or water.
- Informal. to be unduly effusive or sentimental; gush (usually followed by over).
- to move in an idle, lazy, casual, or slovenly manner (usually followed by around or about): to spend the weekend slopping around the house.
- a quantity of liquid carelessly spilled or splashed about.
- badly cooked or unappetizing food or drink.
- bran from bolted cornmeal mixed with an equal part of water and used as a feed for swine and other livestock.
- any similar, watery feed; swill.
- Often slops.
- the dirty water, liquid refuse, etc., of a household or the like.
- tasteless or unappetizing soup, stew, or drink.
- kitchen refuse; swill.
- liquid mud.
- slops, Distilling. the mash remaining after distilling.
Origin of slop1
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- clothing, bedding, etc., supplied to sailors from the ship's stores.
- cheap, ready-made clothing in general.
- short, baggy trousers, worn by men, especially sailors, in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- a loose-fitting overgarment, as a tunic or smock.
Origin of slop2
Examples from the Web for slops
Back in the 18th century, overalls were known as “slops,” and carried a semi-criminal stigma.Enough with the Overalls!
April 7, 2010
He dumped another bucket of slops into the home-made trough.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
With a seething souse the slops went abroad, all over the floor.The House in the Water
Charles G. D. Roberts
The two children rushed with eagerness and vigor down the slops.A Young Mutineer
Mrs. L. T. Meade
He even drank the tea, though he made up a face and called it "slops."Chester Rand
Horatio Alger, Jr
All right, I was only going to throw the slops out of window.The Master of Mrs. Chilvers
Jerome K. Jerome
- (when intr, often foll by about) to cause (liquid) to splash or spill or (of liquid) to splash or spill
- (tr) to splash liquid upon
- (intr; foll by along, through, etc) to tramp (through) mud or slush
- (tr) to feed slop or swill toto slop the pigs
- (tr) to ladle or serve, esp clumsily
- (intr foll by over) informal, mainly US and Canadian to be unpleasantly effusive
- a puddle of spilt liquid
- (plural) wet feed, esp for pigs, made from kitchen waste, etc
- (plural) waste food or liquid refuse
- (plural) the beer, cider, etc, spilt from a barrel while being drawn
- (often plural) the residue left after spirits have been distilled
- (often plural) informal liquid or semiliquid food of low quality
- soft mud, snow, etc
- informal gushing speech or writing
- (plural) sailors' clothing and bedding issued from a ship's stores
- any loose article of clothing, esp a smock
- (plural) men's wide knee breeches worn in the 16th century
- (plural) shoddy manufactured clothing
Word Origin and History for slops
c.1400, "mudhole," probably from Old English -sloppe "dung" (in plant name cusloppe, literally "cow dung"), related to slyppe "slime" (see slip (v.)). Meaning "semiliquid food" first recorded 1650s; that of "refuse liquid of any kind, household liquid waste" (usually slops) is from 1815. Meaning "affected or sentimental material" is from 1866.
"to spill carelessly" (transitive), 1550s, from slop (n.1). Intransitive sense from 1746. Related: Slopped; slopping.
late 14c., "loose outer garment," probably from Middle Dutch slop, of uncertain origin, corresponding to words in Old Norse and perhaps in Old English. Sense extended generally to "clothing, ready-made clothing" (1660s), usually in plural slops. Hence, also, slop-shop "shop where ready-made clothes are sold" (1723).