slip·​per | \ˈsli-pər \

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

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slippered \ˈsli-​pərd \ adjective

Examples of slipper in a Sentence

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For their seventy-sixth engagement on their royal tour, Markle borrowed Prince Harry's jacket and paired it with jeans from Mother and slipper flats from Birdies. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Borrowed Prince Harry's Jacket for Final Event of Their Royal Tour," 31 Oct. 2018 Along with the campaign, UGG also launched a 40th Anniversary collection, which includes a range of boots and slippers for men and women. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Adwoa Aboah and Heron Preston Are Making Us Want a Pair of UGGs This Fall," 5 Oct. 2018 A few of her clients prefer clogs, house slippers, ballet flats, or sandals. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Everything You've Wanted to Know About Foot Fetishes, But Were Afraid to Ask," 17 Aug. 2018 Sheng will not see the British bankers in their navy suits, nor the tall Australians at Stanley market shopping the stalls for silk slippers and bamboo plants. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018 That means plastic straws, cups, bottles, laundry bags, and even packaging for hotel guestroom slippers are starting to disappear. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "The travel industry goes green: Plastic straws are no longer welcome," 31 May 2018 In the images, Selena is seen laughing while rocking tousled hair, wearing a black top, a pair of furry UGG slippers (available here) and holding on to a black and brown Coach bag. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Releases New Coach Images On Instagram," 30 Mar. 2018 Papa Smith performed in the shot-for-shot recreation, emulating his son right down to the haircut, gold chains and clothing (although the actor opted for black slippers rather than Jaden’s white sneakers). Jordan Runtagh,, "Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon Present a History of Sitcom Themes with Hilarious Mashup Megamix," 23 Mar. 2018 Our clip-on bike shoes and padded bike shorts could be exchanged for sweat pants and bedroom slippers., "A modern wonder — the electric bike — lets us relive the good old days in France," 11 July 2018

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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, from Old English slipor; akin to Middle Low German slipper slippery, slippen to slip


Middle English, from slippen to slip

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

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English Language Learners Definition of slipper

: a light, soft shoe that is easily put on and taken off and that is worn indoors


slip·​per | \ˈsli-pər \

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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