a slip of the tongue

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a slip of the tongue

: something that is said by mistake

Word by Word Definitions

slip play
  1. : to move with a smooth sliding motion

  2. : to move quietly and cautiously : steal

  3. : elapse, pass

  1. : a sloping ramp extending out into the water to serve as a place for landing or repairing ships

  2. : a ship's or boat's berth between two piers

  3. : the act or an instance of departing secretly or hurriedly

  1. : a small shoot or twig cut for planting or grafting : scion

  2. : descendant, offspring

  3. : a long narrow strip of material

  1. : to take cuttings from (a plant) : divide into slips

  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)

tongue play
  1. : a fleshy movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food and in humans as a speech organ

  2. : a part of various invertebrate animals that is analogous to the tongue

  3. : the flesh of a tongue (as of the ox or sheep) used as food

  1. : to articulate (notes) by tonguing

  2. : to touch or lick with or as if with the tongue

  3. : to cut a tongue on


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