or slip knot



a knot that slips easily along the cord or line around which it is made.

Origin of slipknot

First recorded in 1650–60; slip1 + knot1 Unabridged 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.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • And the weight of the marmot, pulling downward, drew the slipknot tight.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • On his right a man had uncoiled a well-rope and was tying a slipknot in it.

    Back Home

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • 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.

    The Red Track

    Gustave Aimard

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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