• A thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
  • Mud, slime.
  • A twig or shoot; a cutting.
  • A descendant, a scion.
  • A young person (now usually with of introducing descriptive qualifier).
  • A long, thin piece of something.
  • A small piece of paper, especially one longer than it is wide, typically a form for writing on or one giving printed information.
  • A memorandum of the particulars of a risk for which a policy is to be executed. It usually bears the broker's name and is initiated by the underwriters.
  • An act or instance of slipping.
  • A woman's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress to conceal unwanted nudity that may otherwise be revealed by the skirt or dress itself; a shift.
  • A slipdress.
  • A mistake or error.
  • A berth; a space for a ship to moor.
  • A difference between the theoretical distance traveled per revolution of the propeller and the actual advance of the vessel.
  • A slipway.
  • A one-time return to previous maladaptive behaviour after cure.
  • Any of several fielding positions to the off side of the wicket keeper, designed to catch the ball after being deflected from the bat; a fielder in that position (See first slip, second slip, third slip, fourth slip and fifth slip.)
  • A number between 0 and 1 that is the difference between the angular speed of a rotating magnetic field and the angular speed of its rotor, divided by the angular speed of the magnetic field.
  • A leash or string by which a dog is held; so called from its being made in such a manner as to slip, or become loose, by relaxation of the hand.
  • An escape; a secret or unexpected desertion.
  • Sideslip.
  • A portion of the columns of a newspaper etc. struck off by itself; a proof from a column of type when set up and in the galley.
  • A child's pinafore.
  • An outside covering or case.
  • A counterfeit piece of money, made from brass covered with silver.
  • Matter found in troughs of grindstones after the grinding of edge tools.
  • A particular quantity of yarn.
  • A narrow passage between buildings.
  • A long seat or narrow pew in churches, often without a door.
  • A dislocation of a lead, destroying continuity.
  • The motion of the centre of resistance of the float of a paddle wheel, or the blade of an oar, through the water horizontally, or the difference between a vessel's actual speed and the speed it would have if the propelling instrument acted upon a solid; also, the velocity, relatively to still water, of the backward current of water produced by the propeller.
  • The difference between the actual and synchronous speeds of an induction motor.
  • A fish, the sole.


  • To lose one’s traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
  • To err.
  • To accidentally reveal a secret or otherwise say something unintentional.
  • To move or fly (out of place); to shoot; often with out, off, etc.
  • To pass (a note, money, etc.), often covertly.
  • To cause to move smoothly and quickly; to slide; to convey gently or secretly.
  • To move quickly and often secretively; to depart, withdraw, enter, appear, intrude, or escape as if by sliding.
  • To move down; to slide.
  • To release (a dog, a bird of prey, etc.) to go after a quarry.
  • To fly with the longitudinal axis misaligned with the relative wind; to sideslip.
  • To remove the skin of a soft fruit, such as a tomato or peach, by blanching briefly in boiling water, then transferring to cold water so that the skin peels, or slips, off easily.
  • To omit; to lose by negligence.
  • To cut slips from; to cut; to take off; to make a slip or slips of.
  • To cause to slip or slide off, or out of place.
  • To bring forth (young) prematurely; to slink.
  • To cause (a schedule or release, etc.) to go, or let it go, beyond the allotted deadline.


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  • From Middle English slyp, slep, slyppe, from Old English slyp, slyppe, slipa, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *sleupaną, possibly connected with Proto-Indo-European *slewb-, *slewbʰ-, from Proto-Indo-European *sel-; or alternatively from Proto-Germanic *slippijaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sleyb-. Compare Old English slūpan, Old English cūslyppe, cūsloppe.
  • Probably from Middle Dutch slippe or Middle Low German slippe.
  • Apparently from Middle Low German slippen. Cognate to Dutch slippen, German schlüpfen. Possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *slewbʰ-.

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