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Definition of sloop

: a fore-and-aft rigged boat with one mast and a single jib

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Examples of sloop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Andersen pointed to young trailblazers such as Ellen MacArthur, who at age 24 sailed alone around the world in record time, and Tania Aebi, whose father presented the high-schooler with a choice of money for college or a sloop. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 Nauta Design has just unveiled a showstopping custom sloop that could be a serious regatta contender. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 31 Mar. 2021 Sail on a traditional Carriacou sloop with Savvy Grenada Sailing Charters, of course! Lauren Ho, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 Manning a small sloop or massive galleon takes a lot of teamwork, and fighting off other players (or skeleton crews) while taking on the wind and sea is truly exhilarating. Jess Grey, Wired, 19 Aug. 2021 In September 1725, stretched out on the deck of his sloop anchored near Andros Island in the Bahamas, the English naturalist Mark Catesby was gazing at the dark sky above. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, 16 July 2021 One of his most satisfying accomplishments was winning the Yankee Point Yacht Club’s Single-Handed-Racer of the Year Award at 72 while sailing alone in his 24-foot Raven sloop, the Poe Bird. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 14 May 2021 For the first race aboard his new 52-foot racing sloop, Bill Dana finished out of the top 10, and there was a good reason. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Apr. 2021 Of those twenty-three thousand ships, this one was closest to the sunken sloop. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sloop

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sloop

Dutch sloep

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2 Oct 2021

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“Sloop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sloop

: a small sailboat with one mast


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Kids Definition of sloop

: a sailing boat with one mast and a fore-and-aft mainsail and jib

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