Definition of sloot in English:


(also sluit)


South African
  • 1A deep gully eroded by rainfall.

    • ‘We were ages in getting through the town; the wagons were always getting stuck in the sand and sluits, and then they had to wait for each other.’
    • ‘The water in the canals and sluits is generally clean (except in the cities) but usually a muddy brown color.’
    • ‘The only difficulties met with were such as are still common to African travellers - occasional want of water and troubles about crossing sluits and rivers.’
    ravine, canyon, gorge, pass, defile, couloir, deep narrow valley
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    1. 1.1historical A narrow water channel constructed for irrigation.


Afrikaans, from Dutch sloot ‘ditch’.