: the small dark globose astringent fruit of the blackthorn
also : blackthorn

Word History


Middle English slo, from Old English slāh; akin to Old High German slēha sloe and probably to Russian sliva plum — more at livid

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sloe was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sloe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the tart bluish black globe-shaped fruit of the blackthorn
also : blackthorn

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