Definition of sloop
: a fore-and-aft rigged boat with one mast and a single jib
Recent Examples of sloop from the Web
Wood was an avid sailor who died of a heart attack on his sloop, the Nydia, in 1956.
Reefs like this, thickly encrusted with native Olympia oysters, haven’t been seen in decades –– since Jack London and his sloop Reindeer joined the Fish Patrol in 1892 to guard against illegal nets in the bay.
A deck hand enjoys a fantastic view while replacing hlyard line on a 70-ft sloop.
The prison ships in which captured soldiers were placed were themselves sites of horror: thousands of American captives were left to languish, starve, and often die, in British sloops kept just offshore.
The version pictured here is more appropriate to a pirate ship than a simple sloop, given its 45mm titanium-alloy case and its black crocodile strap.
On the voyage, The Ranger sunk a brig loaded with flax seed, a schooner with barley and oats and a merchant sloop from Dublin filled with beer.
The first ships to sail the lakes were classic European schooners, sloops and brigs.
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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