Nearby words

  1. slink,
  2. slink away,
  3. slinky,
  4. slinter,
  5. sliotar,
  6. slip a cog,
  7. slip carriage,
  8. slip casting,
  9. slip flow,
  10. slip form

Idioms

Origin of slip

1
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English slippen < Middle Dutch slippen; cognate with Old High German slipfen; (noun) late Middle English slippe, derivative of or akin to the v.; compare Old High German slipf a sliding, slipping, error; akin to slipper2

SYNONYMS FOR slip
1, 2. slither. See slide. 11. err, blunder. 35. error, fault. See mistake.

Related formsslip·less, adjectiveslip·ping·ly, adverb

slip

2
[ slip ]
/ slɪp /

noun

verb (used with object), slipped, slip·ping.

to take slips or cuttings from (a plant).
to take (a part), as a slip from a plant.

Origin of slip

2
1400–50; late Middle English slippe < Middle Dutch slippe flap (of a piece of clothing)

slip

3
[ slip ]
/ slɪp /

noun

Ceramics. a clay solution of creamy consistency for coating or decorating biscuit.
a glass-bearing liquid fired onto steel as a cladding, as in making enamelware.

Origin of slip

3
before 1000; Middle English slyppe, Old English slype semiliquid mass; cf. slop1, cowslip, oxslip

slip

4
[ slip ]
/ slɪp /

noun Architecture.

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British Dictionary definitions for slip

slip

1
/ (slɪp) /

verb slips, slipping or slipped

noun

See also slip up

Derived Formsslipless, adjective

Word Origin for slip

C13: from Middle Low German or Dutch slippen

noun

verb slips, slipping or slipped

(tr) to detach (portions of stem, etc) from (a plant) for propagation

Word Origin for slip

C15: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch slippe to cut, strip

noun

clay mixed with water to a creamy consistency, used for decorating or patching a ceramic piece

Word Origin for slip

Old English slyppe slime; related to Norwegian slipa slime on fish; see slop 1

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Word Origin and History for slip
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Idioms and Phrases with slip

slip

In addition to the idioms beginning with slip

  • slip a cog
  • slip of the lip
  • slip one's mind
  • slip out
  • slip something over on
  • slip through one's fingers
  • slip up

also see:

  • give the slip
  • let slip
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