verb (used without object), sloped, slop·ing.

to have or take an inclined or oblique direction or angle considered with reference to a vertical or horizontal plane; slant.
to move at an inclination or obliquely: They sloped gradually westward.

verb (used with object), sloped, slop·ing.

to direct at a slant or inclination; incline from the horizontal or vertical: The sun sloped its beams.
to form with a slope or slant: to slope an embankment.


Nearby words

  1. slop jar,
  2. slop out,
  3. slop pail,
  4. slop sink,
  5. slop-over,
  6. slope culture,
  7. sloper,
  8. sloppy,
  9. sloppy joe,
  10. sloppy joe's


    slope off, Chiefly British Slang. to make one's way out slowly or furtively.

Origin of slope

1495–1505; aphetic variant of aslope; akin to slip1

1. Slope, slant mean to incline away from a relatively straight surface or line used as a reference. To slope is to incline vertically in an oblique direction: The ground slopes ( upward or downward ) sharply here. To slant is to fall to one side, to lie obliquely to some line whether horizontal or perpendicular: The road slants off to the right.

Related formsslop·ing·ly, adverbslop·ing·ness, nounun·sloped, adjectiveun·slop·ing, adjective

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

Examples from the Web for slope

British Dictionary definitions for slope



to lie or cause to lie at a slanting or oblique angle
(intr) (esp of natural features) to follow an inclined coursemany paths sloped down the hillside
(intr; foll by off, away, etc) to go furtively
(tr) military (formerly) to hold (a rifle) in the slope position (esp in the command slope arms)


an inclined portion of ground
(plural) hills or foothills
any inclined surface or line
the degree or amount of such inclination
  1. (of a line) the tangent of the angle between the line and another line parallel to the x- axis
  2. the first derivative of the equation of a curve at a given point
(formerly) the position adopted for British military drill when the rifle is rested on the shoulder
US slang, derogatory a person from Southeast Asia, especially a Vietnamese
Derived Formssloper, nounsloping, adjectiveslopingly, adverbslopingness, noun

Word Origin for slope

C15: short for aslope, perhaps from the past participle of Old English āslūpan to slip away, from slūpan to slip

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Word Origin and History for slope
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