Definition of sloop
: a fore-and-aft rigged boat with one mast and a single jib
Recent Examples of sloop from the Web
Although the Hunley did succeed in sinking the U.S.S. Housatonic, a 16-gun, 1,240-ton sloop-of-war, the Confederate sub was lost in the engagement as well, taking her eight-man crew to the bottom of Charleston Harbor.
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Origin and Etymology of sloop
First Known Use: 1629See Words from the same year
SLOOP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sloop for English Language Learners
: a small sailboat with one mast
SLOOP Defined for Kids
Definition of sloop for Students
: a sailing boat with one mast and a fore-and-aft mainsail and jib
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