sloop

[ sloop ]
/ slup /

noun

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).

Nearby words

  1. sloganize,
  2. sloid,
  3. sloka,
  4. sloke,
  5. slommock,
  6. sloop of war,
  7. sloop rig,
  8. sloop-rigged,
  9. sloot,
  10. slop

Origin of sloop

1620–30; < Dutch sloep; akin to Old English slūpan to glide

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British Dictionary definitions for sloop

sloop

/ (sluːp) /

noun

a single-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with the mast stepped about one third of the overall length aft of the bowCompare cutter (def. 2)

Word Origin for sloop

C17: from Dutch sloep; related to French chaloupe launch, Old English slūpan to glide

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Word Origin and History for sloop

sloop

n.

"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).

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