Meaning of SLIP in English


I. ˈslip verb

( slipped ; slip·ping )

Etymology: Middle English slippen, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German; akin to Middle High German slipfen to slide, Old High German slīfan to smooth, and perhaps to Greek olibros slippery

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb


a. : to move with a smooth sliding motion

b. : to move quietly and cautiously : steal

c. : elapse , pass



(1) : to escape from memory or consciousness

(2) : to become uttered through inadvertence

b. : to pass quickly or easily away : become lost

let an opportunity slip

3. : to fall into error or fault : lapse


a. : to slide out of place or away from a support or one's grasp

b. : to slide on or down a slippery surface

slip on the stairs

c. : to flow smoothly

5. : to get speedily into or out of clothing

slipped into his coat

6. : to fall off from a standard or accustomed level by degrees : decline

7. : sideslip

transitive verb

1. : to cause to move easily and smoothly : slide


a. : to get away from : elude , evade

slipped his pursuers

b. : to free oneself from

the dog slipped its collar

c. : to escape from (one's memory or notice)

their names slip my mind

3. : shed , cast

the snake slipped its skin

4. : to put on (a garment) quickly — usually used with on

slip on a coat


a. : to let loose from a restraining leash or grasp

b. : to cause to slip open : release , undo

slip a lock

c. : to let go of

d. : to disengage from (an anchor) instead of hauling


a. : to insert, place, or pass quietly or secretly

b. : to give or pay on the sly

7. : slink , abort

8. : dislocate

slipped his shoulder

9. : to transfer (a stitch) from one needle to another without working a stitch

10. : to avoid (a punch) by moving the body or head quickly to one side

II. noun

Date: 15th century


a. : a sloping ramp extending out into the water to serve as a place for landing or repairing ships

b. : a ship's or boat's berth between two piers

2. : the act or an instance of departing secretly or hurriedly

gave his pursuer the slip


a. : a mistake in judgment, policy, or procedure

b. : an unintentional and trivial mistake or fault : lapse

a slip of the tongue

4. : a leash so made that it can be quickly slipped


a. : the act or an instance of slipping down or out of a place

a slip on the ice

also : a sudden mishap

b. : a movement dislocating parts (as of a rock or soil mass) ; also : the result of such movement

c. : a fall from some level or standard : decline

a slip in stock prices


a. : an undergarment made in dress length and usually having shoulder straps ; also : half-slip

b. : a case into which something is slipped ; specifically : pillowcase

7. : a disposition or tendency to slip easily

8. : the action of sideslipping : an instance of sideslipping

Synonyms: see error

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English slippe, probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, split, slit, flap

Date: 15th century


a. : a small shoot or twig cut for planting or grafting : scion

b. : descendant , offspring


a. : a long narrow strip of material

b. : a small piece of paper

3. : a young and slender person

a slip of a girl

4. : a long seat or narrow pew

IV. transitive verb

( slipped ; slip·ping )

Date: 1530

: to take cuttings from (a plant) : divide into slips

slip a geranium

V. noun

Etymology: Middle English slyp slime, from Old English slypa slime, paste; akin to Old English slūpan to slip — more at sleeve

Date: 1640

: a mixture of finely divided clay and water used especially by potters (as for casting or decorating wares or in cementing separately formed parts)

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