slop chest

  1. a supply of clothing, boots, tobacco, and other personal goods for sale to the crew of a ship during a voyage.

  2. (formerly) a chest containing this supply.

Origin of slop chest

First recorded in 1830–40

Words Nearby slop chest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slop chest in a sentence

  • Johnson, it seems, bought a suit of oilskins from the slop-chest and found them to be of greatly inferior quality.

    The Sea-Wolf | Jack London
  • We still keep our old quarters, and she has bedded the new-comers in the big after-room with blankets issued from the slop-chest.

  • She has issued underclothes all around from the slop-chest, and is ordering them to take a bath in the rain-water just caught.

  • One thing she did appreciate though, and that was the Windwards slop-chest tobacco.

    Through Arctic Lapland | Cutcliffe Hyne
  • As for you, you've sweated and slaved so much that your clothes hang on like you a slop-chest shirt on a stanchion just now.

    A Master of Fortune | Cutcliffe Hyne

British Dictionary definitions for slop chest

slop chest

  1. a stock of merchandise, such as clothing, tobacco, etc, maintained aboard merchant ships for sale to the crew: Compare small stores

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