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 Find slippers in the right size, color and style at Bed Bath & Beyond. oregonlive, "5 ways to improve life during stay-at-home time: Treats for Mom, teachers and you," 7 May 2020 Try staying at Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel, where guests are treated to champagne, slippers, and a roaring fireplace. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 Tucked inside were a toothbrush, slippers, a nightgown. USA Today, "Heartbreak, prayer and mourning: US leads world in coronavirus deaths after deadliest week," 15 Apr. 2020 Having a nicer set of slippers, slicker silverware, or even a prettier house, might not cut it anymore. Flora Tsapovsky, Wired, "Could the Coronavirus Kill Influencer Culture?," 14 Apr. 2020 The newborn dressed as Dorothy donned a blue gingham outfit, complete with red ruby slippers. Fox News, "Pittsburgh hospital newborns dressed up as 'Wizard of Oz' characters," 23 Aug. 2019 Gabby Jones for The New York Times Domio, a start-up that offers short-term rentals, has its headquarters in a New York City loft that features beer on tap, a game room and a wall of house slippers for visitors. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "Start-Ups Pursue ‘Free Money’ With Relief Funds, Prompting Backlash," 27 Apr. 2020 Domio, a startup that offers short-term rentals, has its headquarters in a New York City loft that features beer on tap, a game room, and a wall of house slippers for visitors. Erin Griffithand David Mccabe,, "Startups pursue ‘free money’ with relief funds, prompting backlash," 27 Apr. 2020 Asking for $200,000 for 15% of their company, Ryan Cruz, his brother Eric and their best friend Kevin Zamora are the creators of Muvez, a line of slippers designed to be worn in and out of the house. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'Shark Tank' recap: Entrepreneurs step into tough footwear market with convertible slipper shoe," 4 Apr. 2020

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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 4 Jun. 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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