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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 For example, some athletic shoes, such as Converse All-Stars, come with just enough fuzzy cloth on the rubber soles to qualify them as lower-duty slippers. Todd C. Frankel,, "Ford's creative efforts to avoid $250 million in 'chicken tax' tariffs under scrutiny," 9 July 2018 While spending some time with rumored girlfriend Hailey Baldwin in Brooklyn, Justin was spotted wearing what appeared to be hotel slippers. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Was Spotted Wearing Hotel Bath Slippers," 7 July 2018 He was last seen wearing a light blue t-shirt, dark pants and gold slippers. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "At-risk senior last seen in downtown Sacramento missing for more than 24 hours," 4 July 2018 Image Lesandro, who had literally run out of his slippers trying to escape his attackers, was left dazed afterward, a hole in the right side of his neck leaking blood. New York Times, "Two More Suspects Arrested in Slaying of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, Bronx Teenager," 4 July 2018 These slippers are for the commute from the bathtub to the bed, not the West Village to SoHo. Morgan Baila,, "Justin Bieber's Hotel Slippers Will Outlive Us All," 6 July 2018 Sneakers because slippers in New York are a bad idea. Sarah Spellings And Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Actress and Model Who Brings Her Snake to Work," 29 June 2018 In the hallways there are a few signs of life—tricycles, slippers and pink children’s shoes in front of some doors. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "China’s Ghost Towns Haunt Its Economy," 15 June 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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carpet slipper

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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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