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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sloop

Contemporary Examples of sloop

Historical Examples of sloop

  • No, continued Clawbonny; the real truth is, it is not the sloop you care about: it is the man.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • Including the sloop and the Halkett- boat, there was about 1500 lbs.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • There is the cutter rig, yawl rig, sloop rig, and the ketch rig.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • She became interested in a sloop, beating into Wellmouth harbor, and watched that.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • You engage him to discover a likely sloop whose owner is disposed to sell.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

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 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

"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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