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

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Illustration of sloop

Examples of sloop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The performance sloop will showcase the Brit’s signature contemporary styling, with a reverse bow for maximum waterline length and a sleek hull for effortless cruising. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2024 The first was a 131-foot sloop, which Walker replaced five years later with a 171-footer. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 In 2005, the first South African yacht to challenge for the America’s Cup hit a whale with its 12-foot keel during training near Cape Town, stopping the 75-foot sloop dead in the water, injuring two crewmembers and snapping off both steering wheels. Jimmy Golen, Chicago Tribune, 23 June 2023 Baltic Yachts just unveiled a new sloop with a striking pastel-pink hull. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sloop 

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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 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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