shal·​lop ˈsha-ləp How to pronounce shallop (audio)
: a usually 2-masted ship with lugsails
: a small open boat propelled by oars or sails and used chiefly in shallow waters

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The seven-foot canvas features only two figures, who stand in a green shallop like Adam and Eve. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 4 May 2022 And so had the shallop, built in Massachusetts in 1957 at the Plymouth Marine Railway. Brian Macquarrie,, 23 June 2019 The shallop, by contrast, was meant for shallow water where larger ships couldn’t venture. Brian Macquarrie,, 23 June 2019

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Word History


Middle French chaloupe

First Known Use

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shallop was circa 1578

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“Shallop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


shal·​lop ˈshal-əp How to pronounce shallop (audio)
: a small open boat moved by oars or sails

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