Sloom vs Sloo - What's the difference?

sloom | sloo |

As nouns the difference between sloom and sloo

is that sloom is a gentle sleep; slumber while sloo is a slough; a run or wet place.

As a verb sloom

is (scotland|obsolete) to sleep lightly, to doze, to nod; to be half-asleep.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) . Compare slumber and (etyl) sloom.

Alternative forms



(en noun)
  • A gentle sleep; slumber.
  • Derived terms
    * sloomy

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) slumen, slummen, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms



    (en verb)
  • (Scotland, obsolete) To sleep lightly, to doze, to nod; to be half-asleep.
  • *
  • * Jane Ermina Locke, "Elia", in The Recalled: In Voices of the Past, and Poems of the Ideal , James Munroe and Company (1854), page 193:
  • To his castle’s portal, / At the morning gloaming, / Bore they all the mortal / From the battle’s foaming, / Of the white bannered warrior knight, / Cold in his armor slooming !
  • * 1900 , Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, The Maid of Maiden lane , Dodd, Mead and Company, page 181:
  • Then the doctor was slooming and nodding, and waking up and saying a word or two, and relapsing again into semi-unconsciousness.
  • * 1936 , Esmond Quinterley, Ushering Interlude , The Fortune Press, page 66:
  • The afternoon sun painted amber patterns on the Turkey red hearthrug: the only splash of colour in the dun room. Potter sloomed in the arms of the chair.
  • * 2001 , Gemma O'Connor, Walking on Water , ][ Berkley Publishing Group (2003), ISBN 978-0-515-13597-8, page 205:
  • He lay slooming half-asleep, half-awake, thinking about Tuesday afternoon.
  • (of plants or soil) To soften or rot with damp.
  • * unidentified young farmer, letter to his father, printed in Edinburgh Farmers’ Magazine'' 1807, reprinted in ''The Farmer’s Register , Volume 7, Number 9 (1839 September 30), page 540:
  • He adds, that one hundred bolls, or fifty quarters of wheat may be thrashed in a day of eight hours, unless the grain has been sloomed or mildewed;
  • * 1824 August, “Remarks on Captian Napier's Essay on Store-Farming”, in The Farmer’s Magazine , Volume XXV, Archibald Constable and Company (publishers), page 329:
  • no other spot over their whole pastured offered as much verdure at this time as these seemingly sloomed places.
  • * Alexander J. Main, “Experiments with Special Manures”, in Transactions of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland , W. Blackwood & Sons (1855), page 17:
  • It must be explained, however, that in the latter case the “slooming ” of the crop had an injurious effect on its yield;


    * Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish language (1867) [, +slooms+, +sloomed+, +sloom&as_brr=3&ei=pu5uS5uFOIyaMqCFsI8P&cd=10
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  • * * Dictionary of the Scots Language, “ sloom


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    Alternative forms

    * slue


    (en noun)
  • A slough; a run or wet place.
  • (Webster 1913)