Historical any of various small, open boats fitted with oars or sails or both
Origin of shallopFrench chaloupe, probably ; from Dutch sloep(e), sloop
- A large heavy boat, usually having two masts and carrying fore-and-aft or lugsails.
- A small open boat fitted with oars or sails, or both, and used primarily in shallow waters.
Origin of shallopFrench chaloupe, from Dutch sloep, sloop; see sloop, or perhaps from obsolete French chaloppe, nutshell (from Old French eschalope, from escale, eschale, shell, husk; see scale1).
From French chaloupe.