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[slip-er] /ˈslɪp ər/
any light, low-cut shoe into which the foot may be easily slipped, for casual wear in the home, for dancing, etc.
verb (used with object)
to strike or beat with a slipper.
Origin of slipper1
First recorded in 1470-80; slip1 + -er1
Related forms
slipperlike, adjective
unslippered, adjective


[slip-er] /ˈslɪp ər/
adjective, Older Use.
before 1000; Middle English sliper, Old English slipor; see slippery Unabridged
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  • Molly took off her slipper and held it up as if she were going to pitch it with all her force across the room.

  • Lady Casterley bent down; when she raised herself she had a slipper in her hand.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • And so you toned down your voice and accepted the rule of the slipper?

    Creditors; Pariah August Strindberg
  • I am sent by the great Prince of our country to find the owner of this slipper.

  • Remember how many mistakes the prince made before he found a perfect fit for Cinderella's slipper.

    Georgina's Service Stars Annie Fellows Johnston
  • I only wish I may see your head stroked down with a slipper.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • In the meantime the slipper is being passed from one to the other, under their knees.

    Games for Everybody May C. Hofmann
  • “So it is,” replied Jessie, who was now busy with her embroidery on the slipper.

    Jessie Carlton Francis Forrester
British Dictionary definitions for slipper


a light shoe of some soft material, for wearing around the house
a woman's evening or dancing shoe
(cricket, informal) a fielder in the slip position
(transitive) (informal) to hit or beat with a slipper
Derived Forms
slippered, adjective
slipper-like, adjective
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Word Origin and History for slipper

type of loose, light indoor footwear, late 15c., agent noun from slip (v.), the notion being of a shoe that is "slipped" onto the foot. Old English had slypescoh "slipper," literally "slip-shoe."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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