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slip·​per ˈsli-pər How to pronounce slipper (audio)
chiefly dialectal


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

Examples of slipper in a Sentence

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These have the comfort of a slipper with the outsole of an outdoor shoe. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2024 The basement is jam-packed with neon signs, vintage slippers, antique toys, and medical mannequins. Sevil Delin, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2024 Lyla wore a black dress and red slippers, wearing Kiki's iconic red bow and accessorizing with her broomstick. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 1 Apr. 2024 Think a coffee mug dedicated to her, cozy slippers, or a scented candle. Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 29 Mar. 2024 The contrast between the satin and gabardine (a durable wool), the slippers and boots, was heavily implied. Eliza McGraw, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2024 The slippers were recovered during an FBI sting in Minneapolis the next year. Steve Karnowski, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2024 Fill an Easter basket with loofahs, scrub brushes, bath salts, and fluffy white bunny slippers for a home spa day. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 11 Mar. 2024 The model’s Venture Daze clogs are a new interpretation of the beloved Australian brand’s iconic Tasman slipper, with an ultra outdoorsy aesthetic thanks to the super chunky, grippy sole. Alexandre Marain, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Slipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a light low shoe without laces that is easily slipped on or off

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