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[shal-uh p] /ˈʃæl əp/
any of various vessels formerly used for sailing or rowing in shallow waters, especially a two-masted, gaff-rigged vessel of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Origin of shallop
1570-80; < French chaloupe < German Schaluppe sloop Unabridged
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  • If the inhabitants of Chicacoan thought that the shallop held "trucke" to barter for their corn, they were mistaken.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • The kind Swedes brought me on board, and also righted and returned with the shallop.

  • I was much loath to cut our good canoe adrift, but she stopped the shallop's way, and she was left behind.

  • "You will know soon enough when you are in the shallop," they replied.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • Carrying the tobacco for long distances in the shallop involved a risk, as well as an additional expense.

  • At Nauset, now Eastham, their shallop was unfortunately wrecked.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • You must know that a shallop is a large boat, much larger than the one belonging to our ship, which is called a longboat.

    Mary of Plymouth James Otis
  • The shallop was run into the river-mouth and broken up the next day.

    The Black Buccaneer Stephen W. Meader
  • When he died, they laid his body in the shallop and the little vessel floated away into the unknown, whence it came.

  • The shallop was the most popular boat for use in the colony.

British Dictionary definitions for shallop


a light boat used for rowing in shallow water
(formerly) a two-masted gaff-rigged vessel
Word Origin
C16: from French chaloupe, from Dutch sloepsloop
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Word Origin and History for shallop

"kind of light boat," 1570s, from French chaloupe, from Dutch sloep "sloop" (see sloop). Cf. Spanish chalupa, Italian scialuppa.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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