an act or instance of spilling or slopping over.
an amount spilled; spillover; overflow.

Origin of slop-over

1905–10, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase slop over



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

to spill or splash (liquid).
to spill liquid upon.
to feed slop to (pigs or other livestock).

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

to spill or splash liquid (sometimes followed by about): The children happily slopped about in the puddles.
(of liquid) to spill or splash out of a container (usually followed by over): The milk slopped over the rim of the glass.
to walk or go through mud, slush, or water.
Informal. to be unduly effusive or sentimental; gush (usually followed by over).
to move in an idle, lazy, casual, or slovenly manner (usually followed by around or about): to spend the weekend slopping around the house.


a quantity of liquid carelessly spilled or splashed about.
badly cooked or unappetizing food or drink.
bran from bolted cornmeal mixed with an equal part of water and used as a feed for swine and other livestock.
any similar, watery feed; swill.
Often slops.
  1. the dirty water, liquid refuse, etc., of a household or the like.
  2. tasteless or unappetizing soup, stew, or drink.
kitchen refuse; swill.
liquid mud.
slops, Distilling. the mash remaining after distilling.

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

Examples from the Web for slop-over

Historical Examples of slop-over

  • To stand no sentiment or nonsense either in herself or others was the first article of faith; not to slop-over anywhere.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for slop-over



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-over



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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