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 slops

Contemporary Examples of slops

  • Back in the 18th century, overalls were known as “slops,” and carried a semi-criminal stigma.

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    Enough with the Overalls!

    Sean Macaulay

    April 7, 2010

Historical Examples of slops

  • He dumped another bucket of slops into the home-made trough.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • With a seething souse the slops went abroad, all over the floor.

    The House in the Water

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • The two children rushed with eagerness and vigor down the slops.

    A Young Mutineer

    Mrs. L. T. Meade

  • He even drank the tea, though he made up a face and called it "slops."

    Chester Rand

    Horatio Alger, Jr

  • All right, I was only going to throw the slops out of window.

British Dictionary definitions for slops



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 slops



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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