verb (used with object), slopped, slop·ping.

verb (used without object), slopped, slop·ping.


Origin of slop

1350–1400; Middle English sloppe (noun), Old English -sloppe (in cūsloppe cowslip, literally, cow slime); akin to slip3
Related formsun·slopped, adjective

Synonyms for slop




  1. clothing, bedding, etc., supplied to sailors from the ship's stores.
  2. cheap, ready-made clothing in general.
  3. 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 slop

before 1000; Middle English slop, Old English -slop (in oferslop overgarment); compare Middle Dutch overslop, Old Norse yfirsloppr Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slop

Contemporary Examples of slop

Historical Examples of slop

  • And now, if you don't want me to bleed to death get me out of this slop, and--yes,--easy!

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • It'll be bung full of women but it won't have a word of slop from beginning to end!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Do you remember how we swore that we would never have anything to do with Slop?

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • "I expect I ought to go back and start in on that slop diet again," says he.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • In each of these cells was a narrow bedstead and a stone jug and slop bucket.


    Henry Peterson

British Dictionary definitions for slop



verb slops, slopping or slopped

(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

Word Origin for slop

C14: probably from Old English -sloppe in cūsloppe cowslip; see slip ³




(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 for slop

Old English oferslop surplice; related to Old Norse slopps gown, Middle Dutch slop
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Word Origin and History for slop

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).

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