noun (1)
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Definition of slop

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a loose smock or overall
2 slops plural : short full breeches worn by men in the 16th century
3 slops plural : articles (such as clothing) sold to sailors


noun (2)

Definition of slop (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : soft mud : slush
2 : thin tasteless drink or liquid food usually used in plural
3 : liquid spilled or splashed
4a : food waste (such as garbage) fed to animals : swill sense 2a
b : excreted body waste usually used in plural
c : a product of little or no value : rubbish watching the usual slop on TV
5 : sentimental effusiveness in speech or writing : gush


slopped; slopping

Definition of slop (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to spill from a container
b : to splash or spill liquid on
c : to cause (a liquid) to splash
2 : to dish out messily
3 : to eat or drink greedily or noisily
4 : to feed slop to slop the hogs

intransitive verb

1 : to tramp in mud or slush
2 : to become spilled or splashed
3 : to be effusive : gush
4 : to pass beyond or exceed a boundary or limit

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of slop in a Sentence

Verb She slopped coffee on her sweater. Huge waves slopped water into the boat.

First Known Use of slop

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1557, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for slop

Noun (1)

Middle English sloppe, probably from Middle Dutch slop; akin to Old English oferslop surplice

Noun (2)

Middle English sloppes, probably from Old English -sloppe (in cū-sloppe cowslip, literally, cow dung); akin to Old English slypa slime — more at slip

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The first known use of slop was in the 14th century

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“Slop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slop

: to spill from a container
: to splash or spill (a liquid)
US : to feed slop to (an animal)


\ ˈsläp How to pronounce slop (audio) \

Kids Definition of slop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : thin tasteless drink or liquid food
2 : food waste or gruel fed to animals
3 : body waste
4 : soft mud


slopped; slopping

Kids Definition of slop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to spill or spill something on or over The toddler slopped gravy on the table.
2 : to feed slop to The farmer slopped the pigs.

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