[klip-on, -awn]


designed to be clipped on easily, especially by a self-attached clip: a clip-on bow tie.


a clip-on device, ornament, or the like.

Origin of clip-on

First recorded in 1905–10; adj., noun use of verb phrase clip on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for clip on

clip on


(tr) to attach by means of a clip
(intr) to be attached by means of a clipthis clips on here

adjective clip-on

designed to be attached by means of a clipa clip-on bow tie

pl n clip-ons

sunglasses designed to be clipped on to a person's spectacles
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Word Origin and History for clip on



1909, from clip (v.2) + on.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper