slip·​per | \ ˈsli-pər How to pronounce slipper (audio) \

Definition of slipper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly dialectal



Definition of slipper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light low-cut shoe that is easily slipped on the foot

Other Words from slipper


slippered \ ˈsli-​pərd How to pronounce slipper (audio) \ adjective

Examples of slipper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The fit is more slipper-like than that of any other shoe here, thanks to the snug Flymesh upper. Justin Nyberg, Outside Online, 14 May 2015 Think of it as a retreat for your feet, and there’s a handful of slipper personalities for the homebody at heart. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 17 Dec. 2021 The sale includes the brand's classic slipper-style flats, as well as slides, sneakers, and sandals in seasonal colors and patterns., 14 Jan. 2022 Continuing the fairy tale motif, their master bath includes a slipper tub. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 And for those patiently anticipating the return of summer, there are even slipper styles inspired by slide sandals. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2020 The Wool Runners, in particular, are super soft and feel almost slipper-like without socks. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, 22 Oct. 2020 Luckily, Nordstrom has some of the most coveted slipper styles on the market up for grabs at a huge discount as part of its renowned Anniversary Sale. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 34-year-old Selling Sunset star posted a photo of her left foot — which was snuggled in a patterned slipper — from what appears to be a room in a medical center to her Instagram Story on Friday. Charmaine Patterson,, 4 Feb. 2022 The primary bath features separate vanities, a free standing cast iron slipper tub, and an oversized shower with three separate spray functions. Mary Colurso |, al, 16 Apr. 2022 In collaboration with the atelier’s owner, Moex Ben Fradj, and Master Artisan, Mansour Hosni, Fourati and Carrica refocused Osay from a pop up bazaar into a shoe brand, launching with the classic Middle Eastern/North African slipper, La Babouche. Jennifer Lee, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Namely, the moment from 1950's Cinderella when Prince Charming places the glass slipper on his future wife. Giovana Gelhoren,, 15 Apr. 2022 Cinderella is identified not by a glass slipper but by her bracelet. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2022 Bring your own eye mask, ear plugs, hand sanitizer, slipper-socks, travel toothbrush and face wipes. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 24 Nov. 2014 During the design process, the slipper was modernized with a memory foam cushioned sole giving it a comfort level for all day wear. Jennifer Lee, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 The Fluff Yeah slipper is the latest Ugg style to go viral. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slipper


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slipper


Middle English slipir, sliper "causing something to slide or slip, deceitful," going back to Old English slipor, sliper, going back to Germanic *slip-ra- (whence also Old High German sleffar "sloping downward"), adjective derivative from the base of Germanic *sleipan- (strong verb) "to slide, slip" (whence Middle Dutch slīpen "to smooth, polish, sharpen," Middle Low German, "to glide, sink, slip," Old High German slīfan "to slide, pass away, decline"), of uncertain origin

Note: The adjective slipper has been effectively replaced by its derivative slippery, though the former was in existence in dialect late enough to be noticed by the Survey of English Dialects, which recorded it in Devon and Cornwall (see Survey of English Dialects: The Dictionary and Grammar, Routledge, 1994, s.v.). — The Germanic verb has been compared with Greek olibrón, glossed by Hesychius with olisthērón "slippery," though the assumption of an Indo-European etymon *h3slib-ro-, with both *b and a laryngeal preceding a sibilant, seems questionable. Parallel to *sleipan- is a verb *sleupan- "to creep, glide," which has been explained as a secondary formation based on near-synonymous *sleuban- (see slip entry 5, sleeve). As all these bases are ultimately of phonesthemic origin and can presumably be reshaped by variation of phonesthemic origin, it is difficult to disentangle inheritance from innovation. Compare slip entry 1.


Middle English slypper, from slippen "to slip entry 1" + -er -er entry 2

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The first known use of slipper was before the 12th century

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slip·​per | \ ˈsli-pər How to pronounce slipper (audio) \

Kids Definition of slipper

: a light low shoe that is easily slipped on the foot and is made to be worn indoors

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