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From Dutch sloep, from Middle Dutch slœpen (to glide).

A sloop



sloop (plural sloops)

  1. (nautical) A single-masted sailboat with only one jib.
    • Year?, Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano,
      I stayed in this island for a few days; I believe it could not be above a fortnight; when I and some few more slaves, that were not saleable amongst the rest, from very much fretting, were shipped off in a sloop for North America.
  2. (military) A sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, with its guns all on one deck.
  3. a sloop of war, smaller than a frigate, larger than a corvette

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