Origin of sloe
Examples from the Web for sloe
They console themselves for the taste of the sloe by an imaginary liqueur like maraschino.Somehow Good|William de Morgan
It feeds in April and May on hawthorn, sloe, crab, and apple.The Moths of the British Isles, First Series|Richard South
About the stone dikes, sloe blossom lay in drifts, looking strangely home-like beside the giant clumps of cactus.The Fortunate Isles|Mary Stuart Boyd
The manufacture of sloe gin is as simple as that of cherry brandy.Cakes & Ale|Edward Spencer
It kept under lock and key the insurgent impulses that moved him when he looked into the sloe eyes charged with reserve.The Yukon Trail|William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for sloe
Word Origin for sloe
Word Origin and History for sloe
fruit of the blackthorn, Old English slah (plural slan), from Proto-Germanic *slaikhwon (cf. Middle Dutch sleeu, Dutch slee, Old High German sleha, German Schlehe), from PIE *sleie- "blue, bluish, blue-black" (see livid).
The vowel has been influenced by that in the old plural form, which according to OED persisted into the 17c. Scottish slae preserves the older vowel. Sloe-eyed is attested from 1804; sloe gin first recorded 1878.