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  1. 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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to strike or beat with a slipper.
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Origin of slipper1

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


adjective Older Use.
  1. slippery.
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Origin of slipper2

before 1000; Middle English sliper, Old English slipor; see slippery
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Examples from the Web for slipper

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  • 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


  1. a light shoe of some soft material, for wearing around the house
  2. a woman's evening or dancing shoe
  3. cricket informal a fielder in the slip position
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  1. (tr) informal to hit or beat with a slipper
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Derived Formsslippered, adjectiveslipper-like, adjective
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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."

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