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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Slop, n.2 Also: sclop(e, slopp-. [ME and e.m.E. slop (1376) an outer garment; (a payre) sloppes (1481-90) wide, baggy trousers, MDu. slop an upper garment, ON sloppr a gown. Cf. OE oferslop.] An outer garment, a cloak, coat, tunic, or the like. Also attrib. with cote, goune. 1503 Cal. Doc. (1888) 341.
A kyrtil, a slop, a sircot, a mantell and a hode
1511 Treas. Acc. IV 193.
v elnis skerlet to be the King ane schip sclop with ane hud
1533–4 Treas. Acc. VI 184.
To be the King ane slop with slevis, ij elnis franche mella
1533–4 Treas. Acc. VI 185.
To be ane set in nek to ane veluet slop
1539 Treas. Acc. VII 195.
To Johnne Danȝell tailȝeour for certane sloppis and brekis furnist be him
1540 Treas. Acc. in Misc. Hist. Soc. X 18.
Scloppys and brekis for the see to his graice
1540 Treas. Acc. in Misc. Hist. Soc. X 36.
For ane sclope and ane payre of brekis
1540 Treas. Acc. VII 300.
Grene velvet to walt ane slop and ane pair of brekis
1540 Treas. Acc. VII 312.
Frenche blew gevin to be Graguis ane of the pagis ane slop
attrib. 1513 Treas. Acc. IV 432.
Cairsay to be ane slop cote to ane gunner boy
1533–4 Treas. Acc. VI 187.
To be the King ane slop goune iij½ elnis pyle russet

b. ? Wide, baggy trousers.Pl. examples above may also belong here. 1550 Reg. Great S. 105/1.
2 paria de lie sloppis

c. fig. ? Trailing clouds.This gloss of Dunb. is suggested by Denton Fox (see Commentary in Kinsley edition). J. Stewart seems to be imitating Dunb. c1500-c1512 Dunb. G. Targe 26.
The purpur hevyn ourscailit in silvir sloppis Ourgilt the treis
c1590 J. Stewart 137 § 6.
The christall skyis … sched in siluer slops

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