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verb \ˈslip\

Definition of slip


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to move with a smooth sliding motionb :  to move quietly and cautiously :  stealc :  elapse, pass

  3. 2a (1) :  to escape from memory or consciousness (2) :  to become uttered through inadvertenceb :  to pass quickly or easily away :  become lost <let an opportunity slip>

  4. 3 :  to fall into error or fault :  lapse

  5. 4a :  to slide out of place or away from a support or one's graspb :  to slide on or down a slippery surface <slip on the stairs>c :  to flow smoothly

  6. 5 :  to get speedily into or out of clothing <slipped into his coat>

  7. 6 :  to fall off from a standard or accustomed level by degrees :  decline

  8. 7 :  sideslip

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 :  to cause to move easily and smoothly :  slide

  11. 2a :  to get away from :  elude, evade <slipped his pursuers>b :  to free oneself from <the dog slipped its collar>c :  to escape from (one's memory or notice) <their names slip my mind>

  12. 3 :  shed, cast <the snake slipped its skin>

  13. 4 :  to put on (a garment) quickly —usually used with on <slip on a coat>

  14. 5a :  to let loose from a restraining leash or graspb :  to cause to slip open :  release, undo <slip a lock>c :  to let go ofd :  to disengage from (an anchor) instead of hauling

  15. 6a :  to insert, place, or pass quietly or secretlyb :  to give or pay on the sly

  16. 7 :  slink, abort

  17. 8 :  dislocate <slipped his shoulder>

  18. 9 :  to transfer (a stitch) from one needle to another without working a stitch

  19. 10 :  to avoid (a punch) by moving the body or head quickly to one side

Origin of slip

Middle English slippen, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; akin to Middle High German slipfen to slide, Old High German slīfan to smooth, and perhaps to Greek olibros slippery

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with slip




Definition of slip

  1. 1a :  a sloping ramp extending out into the water to serve as a place for landing or repairing shipsb :  a ship's or boat's berth between two piers

  2. 2 :  the act or an instance of departing secretly or hurriedly <gave his pursuer the slip>

  3. 3a :  a mistake in judgment, policy, or procedureb :  an unintentional and trivial mistake or fault :  lapse <a slip of the tongue>

  4. 4 :  a leash so made that it can be quickly slipped

  5. 5a :  the act or an instance of slipping down or out of a place <a slip on the ice>; also :  a sudden mishapb :  a movement dislocating parts (as of a rock or soil mass); also :  the result of such movementc :  a fall from some level or standard :  decline <a slip in stock prices>

  6. 6a :  an undergarment made in dress length and usually having shoulder straps; also :  half-slipb :  a case into which something is slipped; specifically :  pillowcase

  7. 7 :  a disposition or tendency to slip easily

  8. 8 :  the action of sideslipping :  an instance of sideslipping

15th Century

First Known Use of slip

15th century

Synonym Discussion of slip

error, mistake, blunder, slip, lapse mean a departure from what is true, right, or proper. error suggests the existence of a standard or guide and a straying from the right course through failure to make effective use of this <procedural errors>. mistake implies misconception or inadvertence and usually expresses less criticism than error <dialed the wrong number by mistake>. blunder regularly imputes stupidity or ignorance as a cause and connotes some degree of blame <diplomatic blunders>. slip stresses inadvertence or accident and applies especially to trivial but embarrassing mistakes <a slip of the tongue>. lapse stresses forgetfulness, weakness, or inattention as a cause <a lapse in judgment>.




Definition of slip

  1. 1a :  a small shoot or twig cut for planting or grafting :  scionb :  descendant, offspring

  2. 2a :  a long narrow strip of materialb :  a small piece of paper

  3. 3 :  a young and slender person <a slip of a girl>

  4. 4 :  a long seat or narrow pew

Origin of slip

Middle English slippe, probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, split, slit, flap

First Known Use: 15th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms



transitive verb

Definition of slip


  1. :  to take cuttings from (a plant) :  divide into slips <slip a geranium>


First Known Use of slip


Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms




Definition of slip

  1. :  a mixture of finely divided clay and water used especially by potters (as for casting or decorating wares or in cementing separately formed parts)

Origin of slip

Middle English slyp slime, from Old English slypa slime, paste; akin to Old English slūpan to slip — more at sleeve

First Known Use: 1640

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