from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Spilled or splashed liquid.
  • n. Soft mud or slush.
  • n. Unappetizing watery food or soup.
  • n. Waste food used to feed pigs or other animals; swill. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Mash remaining after alcohol distillation. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Human excrement. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Repulsively effusive writing or speech; drivel.
  • intransitive v. To be spilled or splashed: Suds slopped over the rim of the washtub.
  • intransitive v. To spill over; overflow.
  • intransitive v. To walk heavily or messily in or as if in mud; plod: "He slopped along in broken slippers, hands in pockets, whistling” ( Alan Sillitoe).
  • intransitive v. To express oneself effusively; gush.
  • transitive v. To spill (liquid).
  • transitive v. To spill liquid on.
  • transitive v. To serve unappetizingly or clumsily; dish out: slopped some lasagna onto his plate.
  • transitive v. To feed slops to (animals): slopped the hogs.
  • n. Articles of clothing and bedding issued or sold to sailors.
  • n. Short full trousers worn in the 16th century.
  • n. A loose outer garment, such as a smock or overalls.
  • n. Chiefly British Cheap, ready-made garments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A loose outer garment; a jacket or overall.
  • n. Loose trousers.
  • n. A liquid or semi-solid; goo, paste, mud, domestic liquid waste.
  • n. scraps used as food for pigs
  • n. Human urine or excrement.
  • v. to spill or dump liquid
  • v. In the game of pool or snooker to pocket a ball by accident; in billiards, to make an ill-considered shot.
  • v. to feed pigs

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Water or other liquid carelessly spilled or thrown aboyt, as upon a table or a floor; a puddle; a soiled spot.
  • n. Mean and weak drink or liquid food; -- usually in the plural.
  • n. Dirty water; water in which anything has been washed or rinsed; water from wash-bowls, etc.
  • n. Any kind of outer garment made of linen or cotton, as a night dress, or a smock frock.
  • n. A loose lower garment; loose breeches; chiefly used in the plural.
  • n. Ready-made clothes; also, among seamen, clothing, bedding, and other furnishings.
  • intransitive v. To overflow or be spilled as a liquid, by the motion of the vessel containing it; -- often with over.
  • transitive v. To cause to overflow, as a liquid, by the motion of the vessel containing it; to spill.
  • transitive v. To spill liquid upon; to soil with a liquid spilled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spill, as a liquid; usually, to spill by causing to overflow the edge of a containing vessel: as, to slop water on the floor in carrying a full pail.
  • To drinkgreedily and grossly; swill.
  • To spill liquid upon; soil by letting a liquid fall upon: as, the table was s lopped with drink.
  • To be spilled or overflow, as a liquid, by the motion of the vessel containing it: usually with over.
  • To work or walk in the wet; make a slop.
  • n. A puddle; a miry or slippery place.
  • n. Liquid carelessly dropped or spilled about; a wet place.
  • n. plural Liquid food or nourishment; thin food, as gruel or thin broth prepared for the sick: so called in contempt.
  • n. plural The waste, dirty water, dregs, etc., of a house.
  • n. In ceramics, same as slip, 11.
  • n. Originally, an outer garment, as a jacket or cassock; in later provincial use, “an outer garment made of linen; a smock-frock; a nightgown” (Wright).
  • n. A garment covering the legs and the body below the waist, worn by men, and varying in cut according to the fashion: in this sense also in the plural.
  • n. Clothing; ready-made clothing; in the British navy, the clothes and bedding of the men, which are supplied by the government at about cost price: usually in the plural.
  • n. An article of clothing made of leather, apparently shoes or slippers. They are mentioned as of black, tawny, and red leather, and as being of small cost.
  • n. A tailor.
  • n. The product from finely ground Indian corn freed from the germs and bolted, the bran which remains on the bolting-cloth sieves being pressed, mixed with about 50 per cent. of water, and sold for immediate use as cattle-food. Also called glucose food, sugar-food, corn-food, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (usually plural) waste water from a kitchen or bathroom or chamber pot that has to be emptied by hand
  • v. cause or allow (a liquid substance) to run or flow from a container
  • v. feed pigs
  • v. walk through mud or mire
  • n. deep soft mud in water or slush
  • v. ladle clumsily
  • n. (usually plural) weak or watery unappetizing food or drink
  • n. wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk
  • n. writing or music that is excessively sweet and sentimental


Middle English sloppe, a muddy place, perhaps from Old English *sloppe, dung, slime.
Middle English sloppe, a kind of garment, from Old English -slop (in oferslop, surplice).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. (Wiktionary)
Probably representing Old English *sloppe, related to slip. (Wiktionary)



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  • "12. A garment covering the legs and the body below the waist, worn by men, and varying in cut according to the fashion: in this sense also in the plural." -- Cent. Dict.

    May 26, 2011

  • "Slopping is always awkward or disagreeable."

    No wonder sales are down :-(

    April 25, 2011