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

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

Examples of slipper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Judy made her entrance in slacks, Capezio slippers, a fresh gardenia tucked behind her tiny ear, looking all of sixteen. Country Living, "Judy Garland and Sid Luft's Star-Crossed Love Affair," 2 Mar. 2017 The smiley design seems to be inspired by the infamous hotel slippers Justin’s always wearing. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Hailey Baldwin Showed Off Justin Bieber's New Clothing Line – Here's Where You Can Buy It," 26 Dec. 2018 Thought slippers were just for quick bodega runs and hotel lobbies? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Are Slippers the New Hero Gift This Season?," 4 Dec. 2018 Or, better yet, keep the slippers on (and your satin gloves) and let your hubby hang out in the barn solo. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Castle Farmhouse Is Suffering From an Identity Crisis," 24 Sep. 2015 Even slippers that are actually meant for indoors only, like Patricia Green’s pink gingham pair or Gianvito Rossi’s signature floral pair exclusive to My Theresa, can be put to work, too. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Are Slippers the New Hero Gift This Season?," 4 Dec. 2018 On Wednesday, Kate Middleton's younger sibling was spotted biking through London after hitting the gym, wearing Anthropologie's Celestia embroidered dress and Penelope Chilver's Dandy star slippers. Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Rolls Through London in Summer Florals," 10 Aug. 2018 Welcome them with their own cozy throw and provide slippers. Cathy Hobbs, The Seattle Times, "Snowbound? It’s a great time to get hygge," 11 Feb. 2019 He was handcuffed with a rope around his waist and was wearing plastic slippers. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn Speaks: ‘I Have Been Wrongly Accused and Unfairly Detained’," 7 Jan. 2019

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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 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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