a knot that slips easily along the cord or line around which it is made.
Origin of slipknot
First recorded in 1650–60; slip1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for slipknot
Historical Examples of slipknot
When they tried to fly away, they pulled the slipknot which held them fast.
And the weight of the marmot, pulling downward, drew the slipknot tight.
On his right a man had uncoiled a well-rope and was tying a slipknot in it.
The string of the kite is fastened round these balances by a slipknot.
At the same moment a slipknot fell on the general's shoulders, and he rolled on the ground with a yell of rage.
British Dictionary definitions for slipknot
Also called: running knot a nooselike knot tied so that it will slip along the rope round which it is made
a knot that can be easily untied by pulling one free end
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Word Origin and History for slipknot
also slip-knot, 1650s, from slip (v.) + knot (n.). One which easily can be "slipped" or undone by pulling on the loose end of the last loop.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper