or slip knot

[ slip-not ]
/ ˈslɪpˌnɒt /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for slipknot


/ (ˈslɪpˌnɒt) /


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