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sloop of war



(formerly) a sailing or steam naval vessel having cannons on only one deck.


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Nearby words

sloid, sloka, sloke, slommock, sloop, sloop of war, sloop rig, sloop-rigged, sloot, slop, slop around

Origin of sloop of war

First recorded in 1695–1705 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sloop of war

sloop of war


(formerly) a small fast sailing warship mounting some 10 to 30 small calibre guns on one deck
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