any light, low-cut shoe into which the foot may be easily slipped, for casual wear in the home, for dancing, etc.Compare bedroom slipper, house slipper.

verb (used with object)

to strike or beat with a slipper.

Origin of slipper

First recorded in 1470–80; slip1 + -er1
Related formsslip·per·like, adjectiveun·slip·pered, adjective



adjective Older Use.

Origin of slipper

before 1000; Middle English sliper, Old English slipor; see slippery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for slipper

sandal, mule, pump, clog, scuff, babouche, pantofle

Examples from the Web for slipper

Contemporary Examples of slipper

  • Three types of footwear -- including a brogue, a plimsoll, and an evening slipper -- established the basis for Katrantzou's theme.

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    Queen of Prints, Mary Katrantzou

    Erin Cunningham

    September 16, 2013

  • Snooki, meanwhile, has added a new line of platform flip-flops to her slipper line.

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    Italy’s ‘Jersey Shore’ Spinoff

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    June 17, 2011

Historical Examples of slipper

  • With the toe of his slipper Sakr-el-Bahr stirred his brother.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • On the threshold of a Lady's Slipper a bee may often be detected in the act of entrance.

  • We are against affairs of state being influenced by a slipper.

  • Cypripedium acaule, moccasin-flower; ladies'-slipper; Venus's-slipper, 205.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • "But no one trusts him," answered Lucille, and her slipper tapped the floor.


    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for slipper



a light shoe of some soft material, for wearing around the house
a woman's evening or dancing shoe
cricket informal a fielder in the slip position


(tr) informal to hit or beat with a slipper
Derived Formsslippered, adjectiveslipper-like, adjective
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 slipper

type of loose, light indoor footwear, late 15c., agent noun from slip (v.), the notion being of a shoe that is "slipped" onto the foot. Old English had slypescoh "slipper," literally "slip-shoe."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper