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 lugsails.
- A small open boat fitted with oars or sails, or both, and used primarily in shallow waters.
Origin of shallopEarly Modern English from French chaloppe, chaloupe a kind of flat boat, shallop from Middle French chaloppe nutshell (from the shape of the boat's hull) from Old French eschalope eschale variant of escale husk, shell ; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots. -oppe as in enveloppe covering ( from enveloper to envelop ; see envelop. )
From French chaloupe.