Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Articles of clothing and bedding issued or sold to sailors.
  • noun Short full trousers worn in the 16th century.
  • noun A loose outer garment, such as a smock or overalls.
  • noun Chiefly British Cheap, ready-made garments.
  • noun Spilled or splashed liquid.
  • noun Soft mud or slush.
  • noun Unappetizing watery food or soup.
  • noun Waste food used to feed pigs or other animals; swill.
  • noun Mash remaining after alcohol distillation.
  • noun Human excrement.
  • noun Repulsively effusive writing or speech; drivel.
  • intransitive verb To be spilled or splashed.
  • intransitive verb To spill over; overflow.
  • intransitive verb To walk heavily or messily in or as if in mud; plod.
  • intransitive verb To express oneself effusively; gush.
  • intransitive verb To spill (liquid).
  • intransitive verb To spill liquid on.
  • intransitive verb To serve unappetizingly or clumsily; dish out.
  • intransitive verb To feed slops to (animals).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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).
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A tailor.
  • noun A puddle; a miry or slippery place.
  • noun Liquid carelessly dropped or spilled about; a wet place.
  • noun plural Liquid food or nourishment; thin food, as gruel or thin broth prepared for the sick: so called in contempt.
  • noun plural The waste, dirty water, dregs, etc., of a house.
  • noun In ceramics, same as slip, 11.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To overflow or be spilled as a liquid, by the motion of the vessel containing it; -- often with over.
  • noun Water or other liquid carelessly spilled or thrown aboyt, as upon a table or a floor; a puddle; a soiled spot.
  • noun Mean and weak drink or liquid food; -- usually in the plural.
  • noun Dirty water; water in which anything has been washed or rinsed; water from wash-bowls, etc.
  • noun a basin or bowl for holding slops, especially for receiving the rinsings of tea or coffee cups at the table.
  • noun (Brickmaking) a process of manufacture in which the brick is carried to the drying ground in a wet mold instead of on a pallet.
  • transitive verb To cause to overflow, as a liquid, by the motion of the vessel containing it; to spill.
  • transitive verb To spill liquid upon; to soil with a liquid spilled.
  • noun obsolete Any kind of outer garment made of linen or cotton, as a night dress, or a smock frock.
  • noun A loose lower garment; loose breeches; chiefly used in the plural.
  • noun Ready-made clothes; also, among seamen, clothing, bedding, and other furnishings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable A liquid or semi-solid; goo, paste, mud, domestic liquid waste.
  • noun scraps used as food for pigs
  • noun dated Human urine or excrement.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English sloppe, a kind of garment, from Old English -slop (in oferslop, surplice); see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.]

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

[Middle English sloppe, a muddy place, perhaps from Old English *sloppe, dung, slime; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Probably representing Old English *sloppe, related to slip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Origin uncertain.

Examples

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  • "Slopping is always awkward or disagreeable."

    No wonder sales are down :-(

    April 25, 2011

  • "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