slipper

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English[edit]

A pair of low-heeled bedroom slippers.

Etymology[edit]

From slip.

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Noun[edit]

slipper (plural slippers)

  1. A low shoe that can be slipped on and off easily.
  2. Such a shoe intended for indoor use; a bedroom or house slipper.
    Get out of bed, put on your slippers, and come downstairs.
  3. A person who slips.
    • 1955, Father John Doe (Father Ralph Pfau), Sobriety and Beyond, Hazelden Publishing (1997), ISBN 978-1-56838-242-5, page 130:
      He is a frequent “slipper,” but doesn’t seem to have sufficient intelligence upon which to ever build permanent sobriety and happiness.
    • 1995, Russ McDonald, “Sex, Lies, and Shakespearean Drama”, in Jeanne Addison Roberts (editor), part one of Peggy O’Brien (editor), Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Twelfth Night and Othello, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 978-0-671-76047-2, page 3:
      Virtually all human action is liable to opposing interpretations, depending mainly upon distance: to take the familiar case of the banana peel, the fall is painful to the slipper, hilarious to the spectator across the street.
    • 2001, Barry M. Levenson, Habeas Codfish: Reflections on Food and the Law, University of Wisconsin Press, ISBN 978-0-299-17510-8, page 7:
      Slipping on a banana peel does not mean big bucks for the “slipper” if the “slippee” has a good law firm representing it.
  4. A kind of apron or pinafore for children.
  5. A kind of brake or shoe for a wagon wheel.
  6. (engineering) A piece, usually a plate, applied to a sliding piece, to receive wear and permit adjustment; a gib.
  7. A euphemism used to describe the plimsoll or gym shoe used in slippering.
    • 2004, James Morgan, Stretching Forward to Learn, World Corporal Punishment Research
      "All teachers had what was referred to as a 'slipper', but in reality was a cut down gym shoe designed for smacking our bottoms."
  8. A form of corporal punishment where the buttocks is repeatedly struck with a plimsoll; "the slipper".
    • 1981, Andrew Loudon, Staffroom mole leaks secret of his school's beatings book, Daily Mail and General Trust, World Corporal Punishment Research
      "Mrs Marlene Foster [...], an opponent of the slipper, said her son Gary had a bottom "as red as a beetroot" after he was punished for writing on desks. "


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Adjective[edit]

slipper (comparative more slipper, superlative most slipper)

  1. (obsolete) slippery
    O! trustless state of earthly things, and slipper hope / Of mortal men. — Spenser.

Verb[edit]

slipper (third-person singular simple present slippers, present participle slippering, simple past and past participle slippered)

  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) To repeatedly strike the buttocks with a plimsoll as corporal punishment.
    • 1981, Andrew Loudon, Staffroom mole leaks secret of his school's beatings book, Daily Mail and General Trust, World Corporal Punishment Research
      "One boy was slippered five times in four days for offences such as missing detention, fooling about and being out of bounds."

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Verb[edit]

slipper

  1. present tense of slippa.