- watery snow or mud; slush
- a splash or puddle of spilled liquid
- any liquid or semiliquid food that is unappetizing or of poor quality
- [often pl.]
- liquid waste of any kind
- kitchen waste or swill, used for feeding pigs, etc.
- Informal excessively sentimental speech or writing
Origin of slopMiddle English sloppe from Old English (only in compound ) from base of slypa: see slip
intransitive verbslopped, slop′ping
- to spill or splash
- to walk or splash through slush or mud
- to spill liquid on
- to spill
- to feed swill or slops to (pigs, etc.)
- to overflow or spill, as a liquid when its container is tilted
- Informal to make a display of sentimentality; gush
- Spilled or splashed liquid.
- Soft mud or slush.
- Unappetizing watery food or soup.
- often slops Waste food used to feed pigs or other animals; swill.
- often slops Mash remaining after alcohol distillation.
- often slops Human excrement.
- Repulsively effusive writing or speech; drivel.
verbslopped, slop·ping, slops
- To be spilled or splashed: Suds slopped over the rim of the washtub.
- To spill over; overflow.
- To walk heavily or messily in or as if in mud; plod: “He slopped along in broken slippers, hands in pockets, whistling” ( Alan Sillitoe )
- To express oneself effusively; gush.
- To spill (liquid).
- To spill liquid on.
- To serve unappetizingly or clumsily; dish out: slopped some lasagna onto his plate.
- To feed slops to (animals): slopped the hogs.
Origin of slopMiddle English sloppe a muddy place perhaps from Old English sloppe dung, slime ; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.
- slops Articles of clothing and bedding issued or sold to sailors.
- slops Short full trousers worn in the 16th century.
- A loose outer garment, such as a smock or overalls.
- slops Chiefly British Cheap, ready-made garments.
Origin of slopMiddle English sloppe a kind of garment from Old English -slop ( in oferslop surplice ); see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.
- (uncountable) A liquid or semi-solid; goo, paste, mud, domestic liquid waste.
- scraps used as food for pigs
- (dated) Human urine or excrement.
- Water or other liquid carelessly spilled or thrown about, as upon a table or a floor; a puddle; a soiled spot.
- (chiefly plural) Inferior, weak drink or liquid food.
(third-person singular simple present slops, present participle slopping, simple past and past participle slopped)
Probably representing Old English *sloppe, related to slip.