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 slipper (audio) \ adjective

Examples of slipper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And for those patiently anticipating the return of summer, there are even slipper styles inspired by slide sandals. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Slip Into the Holiday Season With 16 Pairs of Warm and Fuzzy Slippers," 14 Dec. 2020 The Wool Runners, in particular, are super soft and feel almost slipper-like without socks. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "Everything to know about Allbirds, the absurdly comfortable shoe brand," 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, "Minnetonka and UGG make some of the comfiest slippers around—and they're on sale at Nordstrom," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some other recent projects include a pair of green velvet slipper chairs and pink silk-blend drapery for fashion designer Adam Lippes and furniture, drapery, and custom beds for Alex Reed–decorated homes in Connecticut and on Long Island. Trupti Rami, Curbed, "The Best Upholsterers in New York," 1 Apr. 2021 Take its sloping cobblestone streets, pink lady’s slipper orchids splitting the sandy soil, and glowing Christmas trees floating on boats in December. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Nantucket," 31 Mar. 2021 These ultra-cushioned Vionic may technically be sandals, but so many people wear the comfy shoes around the house, the brand sells them in their slipper section. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "The 14 Most Comfortable Pairs of Slippers for Men and Women, According to Thousands of Shoppers," 29 Mar. 2021 The designer behind some of fashion’s most miraculous tulle frocks is offering her take on the humble and essential Ugg boot and slipper. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Molly Goddard x Ugg Boot Collaboration Has Finally Arrived," 18 Mar. 2021 Horowitz was notoriously demanding, but Mr. Englander accommodated his requests, down to covering the stage in talcum powder to prevent squeaking from the slipper-wearing camera crew. Washington Post, "Roger Englander, Emmy-winning TV director and producer of classical works, dies at 94," 2 Mar. 2021 Both as a transition from outdoors-in or a 24-hour sort of indoor footwear, cabin socks (a.k.a., slipper socks) do the trick. Field & Stream, "Best Warm Socks: Cold-Weather Clothing for Every Outdoor Pursuit," 26 Feb. 2021 Some of the best-selling slipper options for women include the classic Scuffette (as seen on Jennifer) and the trendy Fluff Yeah slide. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 celeb-approved gifts for anyone on your list," 8 Dec. 2020 The short show that preceded the lights being switched on nightly, at first, involved Cinderella and Prince Charming, and the look, Disney said was glass slipper-inspired. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World at 50: Looking back at Cinderella Castle’s royal moments," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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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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