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

Illustration of sloop

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Examples of sloop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Steven Callahan After successfully sailing across the Atlantic solo in his 6.5-meter sloop, Steven Callahan started the trip home in January of 1981. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2023 Another thing Horus has over a classic car or sloop is space. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 July 2023 Then a great storm arose, mountainous seas, and the sloop was destroyed. John McPhee, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2021 Up top, the 72DH sports a Bermudan sloop rig comprised of a carbon mast and boom from Hall Spars, nitronic rod rigging and electric Lewmar winches. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 19 Aug. 2022 The owner is an experienced yachtsman who drew up his Sea Eagle II wish list while sailing aboard his previous 142-foot sloop (also named Sea Eagle). Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2023 Built in Maine and christened the Clearwater, Seeger’s sloop sailed into New York Harbor for the first time on Aug. 1, 1969. Thom Duffy, Billboard, 30 Mar. 2023 On a two-sail boat like this one (called a sloop), the emphasis is on the mainsail (B), the sail nearer the stern (H), which is the rearmost or aft part of the boat. Caleb Paine, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2021 On a rainy Friday in the Bahamas, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Montagu Beach for one of the country's first sailing regattas since the start of the pandemic, where the couple cheered on young sailors from the Royal Nassau Sailing Club helming iconic Bahamian sloop boats. Simon Perry,, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Dutch sloep

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sloop was in 1629

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“Sloop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a sailboat with one mast and a fore-and-aft mainsail and jib

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