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  • IPA(key): /slɒp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɒp

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English slop, sloppe, slope, from Old English *slop (found in oferslop (an outergarment, surplice)). Cognate with Icelandic sloppur (a long, loose gown).


slop (plural slops)

  1. (obsolete) A loose outer garment; a jacket or overall.
  2. (South Africa, chiefly in the plural) A rubber thong sandal.
  3. (in the plural) See slops.

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from Middle English *sloppe (attested in plural form sloppes), representing Old English *sloppe (attested in cū-sloppe), related to slip.


slop (countable and uncountable, plural slops)

  1. (uncountable) Semi-solid like substance; goo, paste, mud, pulp.
  2. (sometimes in the plural) Scraps used as food for animals, especially pigs or hogs.
    Synonyms: hogwash, swill
  3. (chiefly in the plural) Inferior, weak drink or semi-liquid food.
  4. (sometimes in the plural) Domestic liquid waste; household wastewater.
  5. Water or other liquid carelessly spilled or thrown about, as upon a table or a floor; a puddle; a soiled spot.
  6. (dated) Human urine or excrement.
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slop (third-person singular simple present slops, present participle slopping, simple past and past participle slopped)

  1. (transitive) To spill or dump liquid, especially over the edge of a container when it moves.
    I slopped water all over my shirt.
  2. (transitive) To spill liquid upon; to soil with a spilled liquid.
    • 1950, Howard William Troyer, The salt and the savor (page 58)
      a little Durham bull butted the pail and slopped him with the milk
  3. (transitive) In the game of pool or snooker to pocket a ball by accident; in billiards, to make an ill-considered shot.
  4. (transitive) To feed pigs.
  5. (intransitive) To make one's way through soggy terrain.
    • 1980, The Leatherneck (volume 63, page 13)
      We slopped through paddies in 100-degree-plus heat and slept with one eye open at night.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Alteration of ecilop, from back slang for police.


slop (plural slops)

  1. (uncommon, costermongers) A policeman.
    • 1866, Temple Bar: A London Magazine for Town and Country Readers:
      Harry looked rather bulky, you know, Tom, and the slop (policeman) says, 'Hallo, what you got here?' and by [blank] he took us both before the beak. After hearing the slop tell his tale, he says to me: 'What do you know of this man? []
    • 1899, Whiteing, Richard, chapter XXIV, in No. 5 John Street[1], page 240:
      Covey’s most stimulating impression on the sense of colour is in the blue of the police. He says he shouldn’t have thought that there were so many ‘slops’ in the world, and he seems to yield for a moment to the depressing conviction that we are too much governed.
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slop n (plural sloppen, diminutive slopje n)

  1. a bad situation
  2. run-down house, shanty


  • (run-down house): krot





slȍp m inan

  1. pillar


Masculine inan., hard o-stem
nom. sing. slòp
gen. sing. slôpa
singular dual plural
nominative slòp slôpa slôpi
accusative slòp slôpa slôpe
genitive slôpa slôpov slôpov
dative slôpu slôpoma slôpom
locative slôpu slôpih slôpih
instrumental slôpom slôpoma slôpi

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