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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sloopnoun

    a sailing vessel with a single mast set about one third of the boat's length aft of the bow


  1. sloopnoun

    A single-masted sailboat with only one jib.

  2. sloopnoun

    A sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, with its guns all on one deck.

  3. sloopnoun

    a sloop of war, smaller than a frigate, larger than a corvette

  4. Etymology: From sloep, from slœpen.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sloopnoun

    A small ship.


  1. sloop

    A sloop is a type of sailing boat with a single mast typically meaning one headsail in front of the mast, and one mainsail aft of (behind) the mast. This configuration is called a fore-and-aft rig, and can be rigged as a Bermuda rig with triangular sails fore and aft, or as a gaff-rig with triangular foresails and a gaff rigged mainsail. Sloops are either full-keel or fin-keel depending upon their hull configuration. They are typically used for pleasure sailing or racing due to their speed and agility.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sloopnoun

    a vessel having one mast and fore-and-aft rig, consisting of a boom-and-gaff mainsail, jibs, staysail, and gaff topsail. The typical sloop has a fixed bowsprit, topmast, and standing rigging, while those of a cutter are capable of being readily shifted. The sloop usually carries a centerboard, and depends for stability upon breadth of beam rather than depth of keel. The two types have rapidly approximated since 1880. One radical distinction is that a slop may carry a centerboard. See Cutter, and Illustration in Appendix

  2. Etymology: [D. sloep, of uncertain origin. Cf. Shallop.]


  1. Sloop

    A sloop is a sail boat with a single mast and a fore-and-aft rig. In the USA a sloop may have one, two or three head-sails forward of the mast—the term cutter not generally being used for sailboats. In the rest of the English speaking world, a sloop has only one head-sail and if a vessel has two or more head-sails, she is termed a 'cutter' and her mast may be set further aft than on a sloop. The commonest rig of modern sailboats is the Bermuda sloop. Typically, a modern sloop carries a mainsail on a boom aft of the mast, with a single loose-footed head-sail forward of the mast. Sloops are either masthead-rigged or fractional-rigged. On a masthead-rigged sloop, the forestay attaches at the top of the mast. The mainsail may be smaller than the headsail, which is then called a genoa jib. On a fractional-rigged sloop, the forestay attaches to the mast at a point below the top, typically 3/4 of the way to top, or perhaps 7/8 or some other fraction. The mast of a fractional-rigged sloop may be placed farther forward, and compared to a masthead-rigged sloop, this results in a rather smaller jib relative to the size of the mainsail.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sloop

    In general parlance is a vessel similar to a cutter; the bowsprit, however, is not running, and the jib is set on a standing stay with hanks. In North America the sloop proper sets only a main-sail and fore-sail, the latter jib-shaped, on a short standing bowsprit, and has no top-mast. The rig is greatly used for yachts there, and is most effective in moderate weather. Sloop in the royal navy is a term depending on the rank of the officer in command. Thus, the donkey frigate Blossom was one cruise rated a ship, when commanded by a captain--the next, a sloop, because only commanded by a commander.

  2. sloop

    A small light fishing vessel, with only a small main-mast and fore-mast for lug-sails. They are commonly good sailers, and are therefore often used as tenders to men-of-war. Also, a large heavy undecked boat, with one mast, fore-and-aft main-sail, and jib-foresail. The gunboats on the French coasts were frequently termed chaloupes, and carried one heavy gun, with a crew of 40 men. Also, a small boat rowed by one or two men.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SLOOP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sloop is ranked #18918 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sloop surname appeared 1,443 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sloop.

    96.2% or 1,389 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 29 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 9 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

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  2. polos

  3. pools

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sloop in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sloop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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