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 Mr Tikhanovsky tied a giant slipper to the roof of his car—a popular weapon for splatting pests of the order Blattodea—and drove around the country talking to ordinary people and streaming live videos. The Economist, "Miffed in Minsk Waving slippers at the “cockroach” president of Belarus," 20 June 2020 Clutching a blanket and donning fluffy slipper-like slides, Sierra Lanier drove straight to Frankfort from Lexington, getting there just after 7 a.m. — two hours before doors opened. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "After not receiving benefits, hundreds flock to Frankfort again to resolve unemployment issues," 17 June 2020 When Chouhan's slipper broke on the second day, the group pooled their funds to buy him a new shoe. Mohit Rao, CNN, "Over 10 agonizing days, this migrant worker walked 1,250 miles home. India's lockdown left him no choice," 30 May 2020 Those Koala slippers are 💯... and graduating high school is amazing too! Benjamin Vanhoose,, "Laura Dern Celebrates 'Amazing' Son Ellery's High School Graduation: 'My Boy's Day!'," 29 May 2020 Think: slippers, but crafted out of bread, as well as a classic hanging rug. Angelica Lavito,, "Mass Job Cuts Across U.S. Threaten to Leave Millions Without Health Insurance," 10 May 2020 Vionic Indulge Relax Slippers Your mom deserves to be pampered from head to toe—and these slippers take care of that last part. Braelyn Wood,, "The 12 Best Mother’s Day Gifts to Send During Quarantine," 2 May 2020 Instead of their normal uniforms, the staff members of the Indianapolis facilitywere wearing robes, PJ pants and slippers. Madison Smalstig, Indianapolis Star, "Pajama Day, weird hats and pop-song parodies: How one Indy nursing home cheered residents," 2 May 2020 Many people reported wearing slippers or sweatshirts and feeling more comfortable connecting since there wasn’t a physical interaction. NBC News, "Dating during coronavirus turned upside down since everything is a long-distance relationship," 5 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 8 Aug. 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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