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 At times The Photograph feels like a modern version of a ‘30s Hollywood romance, where the heroine might live unapologetically in an all-white art deco apartment and wear marabou slippers while lounging. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Photograph Is a Gratifying, Modern Version of a 1930s Hollywood Romance," 14 Feb. 2020 Parents can decline to have their children wear slippers with sensors, although none have, teachers said., "At a Montessori school in Cambridge, toddlers and young children wear Velcro slippers equipped with electronic sensors that track their movements around the classroom.," 17 Dec. 2019 Instead of wearing slippers or cozy socks, Kenny decided to don a pair of super-shiny lace-up combat boots instead. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Just Wore Pajamas with Combat Boots," 12 Dec. 2019 In a video released by the department, Shurbutt is seen wearing reindeer slippers and getting up from his seat as the train pulls into the station before seizing the woman's wheelchair. Sarah Jackson, NBC News, "Arizona man caught on video dumping woman out of wheelchair while trying to steal it," 8 Dec. 2019 Uggs have been around for years, and although the boots may have fallen from fashion grace years ago, the slippers never went out of style. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "15 Valentine's Day gifts women actually want," 6 Feb. 2020 Made from 100 percent natural wool and with a leather sole, the unisex boot-style slippers reach just to the ankle and are our favorites for ski trips. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ski Trip Packing List: All the Essentials for a Weekend On (and Off) the Slopes," 29 Jan. 2020 The Good Witch of the North needn't tell Perles what to do with those ruby slippers. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "George Perles flashback: Remembering Michigan State football's trip to 1988 Rose Bowl," 8 Jan. 2020 The slippers are made out of a knit material and feature an embroidered OSU logo. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "Ohio State apparel, shoes, slippers you can get before the holidays, Fiesta Bowl and College Football Playoff," 17 Dec. 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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“Slipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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