[ slohp ]
/ sloʊp /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for slope


/ (sləʊp) /



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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