Sloop vs Ketch - What's the difference?

sloop | ketch |

As nouns the difference between sloop and ketch

is that sloop is (label) a single-masted sailboat with only one headsail while ketch is a fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen being stepped forward of the rudder post or ketch can be a hangman.

As a verb ketch is

or ketch can be (rare) to hang.



(wikipedia sloop)


(en noun)
  • (label) A single-masted sailboat with only one headsail.
  • * 1789 , (Olaudah Equiano) (Gustavus Vassa), (The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano) ,
  • I stayed in this island for a few days; I believe it could not be above a fortnight; when I and some few more slaves, that were not saleable amongst the rest, from very much fretting, were shipped off in a sloop for North America.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=10 , passage=Mr. Cooke had had a sloop ?yacht built at Far Harbor, the completion of which had been delayed, and which was but just delivered.}}
  • (label) A sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, with its guns all on one deck.
  • A sloop of war, smaller than a frigate, larger than a corvette.
  • Anagrams

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    Etymology 1



  • A fore and aft rigged sailing vessel with two masts, main and mizzen, the mizzen being stepped forward of the rudder post.
  • See also
    * yawl.

    Etymology 2

    See catch


  • .
  • * 1815 , D. HUMPHREYS, Yankey in England , I. 21,
  • I guess, he is trying to ketch' mebut it won't du. I'm tu old a bird to be ' ketch'd with chaff.
  • * 1865 , , II. IV. xv., page 287
  • Wot is it, lambs, as they ketches in seas, rivers, lakes, and ponds?
  • * 1883 [see KNUCK 2].
  • * 1911 , , volume ii, page 60
  • You'll ketch your death. The fire's out long ago.
  • * 1916 , W. O. BRADLEY, Stories & Speeches 18
  • You'll never ketch me hollerin' at no Republican gatherin'.
  • * 1929 , H. W. ODUM, in A. Dundes Mother Wit (1973), page 184
  • If so you gonna ketch hell.
  • * 1967 , Atlantic Monthly , Apr. 103/1
  • You heard about that joke a dollar down and a dollar when you ketch me?
  • * 1968 S. STUCKEY, in A. Chapman, New Black Voices (1972), page 445
  • Etymology 3

    From Jack Ketch, a hangman of the 17th century.


  • (rare) To hang.
  • * 1681 , T. FLATMAN Heraclitus Ridens No. 14
  • 'Squire Ketch rejoices as much to hear of a new Vox, as an old Sexton does to hear of a new Delight.
  • * n.d. , ''Ibid;;. No. 18
  • Well! If he has a mind to be Ketch'd , speed him say I.
  • * 1840', ' Fraser's Mag ., XXI. 210
  • Ignorant of many of the secrets of ketchcraft .
  • * 1859 , MATSELL Vocab. s.v. (Farmer),
  • I'll ketch you; I'll hang you.


  • A hangman.