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Slip appears in the following tongue twister:

  • She sits in her slip and sips Schlitz.

Slip appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Pupils slip up.
  • Pupils roll a ball or slip up.
  • To grammar pupils: if I slip up, ram Margot.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun slip:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb slip:


Slip is sometimes a misspelling of sleep.

The word slip is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun slip

What does slip mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: slips

  1. a socially awkward or tactless act
  2. a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of slip: miscue / parapraxis / slip-up
    • more generic words: error / fault / mistake = a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
    • more specific term: Freudian slip = a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals
  3. potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics
  4. a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • synonym of slip: cutting
    • more generic words: stalk / stem = a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
    • more specific word: quickset = cuttings of plants set in the ground to grow as hawthorn for hedges or vines
  5. a young and slender person
  6. a place where a craft can be made fast
  7. an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall
    • examples: he blamed his slip on the ice | the jolt caused many slips and a few spills
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of slip: trip
    • more generic words: misadventure / mischance / mishap = an instance of misfortune
    • more specific words: tumble / spill / fall = a sudden drop from an upright position
  8. a slippery smoothness
  9. artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of slip: strip
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • band = a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs
      • band / ring = a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it
      • band = a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else, typically to hold it together or as a decoration
      • cramp iron / cramp = a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles
      • reef = one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
      • leading / lead = thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
      • mullion = a nonstructural vertical strip between the casements or panes of a window
      • typewriter ribbon / ribbon = a long strip of inked material for making characters on paper with a typewriter
      • screed = an accurately levelled strip of material placed on a wall or floor as guide for the even application of plaster or concrete
      • stay = a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment
      • tab = a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it
      • tape = a long thin piece of cloth or paper as used for binding or fastening
      • weather stripping / weatherstripping / weather strip / weatherstrip = a narrow strip of material to cover the joint of a door or window to exclude the cold
  10. a small sheet of paper
  11. a woman's sleeveless undergarment
  12. bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow
  13. an unexpected slide
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of slip: sideslip / skid
    • more generic words: coast / glide / slide = the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
  14. a flight maneuver; aircraft slides sideways in the air
  15. the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of slip: eluding / elusion
    • more generic word: evasion = the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver

Alternative definition of the noun slip


  1. [obsolete] Mud, slime.
  2. In ceramics, a thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
  3. A twig or shoot; a cutting.
  4. [obsolete] A descendant, a scion.
  5. A young person (now usually with [term, of] introducing descriptive qualifier).
  6. A long, thin piece of something.
  7. A small piece of paper, especially one longer than it is wide.
  8. An act or instance of slipping.
  9. A women's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress; a shift.
  10. A mistake or error (slip of the tongue.)
  11. [nautical] A berth; a space for a ship to moor.
  12. [nautical] A difference between the theoretical distance traveled per revolution of the propeller and the actual advance of the vessel.
  13. [medicine] A one-time return to previous maladaptive behaviour after cure.
  14. [cricket] 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.)
  15. 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.

Specialised definition of the noun slip

Glossary of sports / cricket

the position of a fielder behind and near the wicketkeeper, especially on the off side, or the fielder who takes up this position (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

any of several fielders (e.g. first slip, second slip, etc) positioned in a row next to the wicketkeeper on the off side (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb slip

What does slip mean as a doing word?

Slip is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: slipped, slipping

  1. move stealthily
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of slip: steal
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  2. insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly
  3. move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of slip: skid / slew / slide / slue
    • more generic word: glide = move smoothly and effortlessly
    • more specific words:
      • submarine = move forward or under in a sliding motion
      • skid = slide without control
      • side-slip = slide sideways through the air in a downward direction in an airplane along an inclined lateral axis
  4. get worse
  5. move smoothly and easily
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] apartI broke the twig and the branch apart
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient 1] off / off of / from [Patient 2]I broke the twig off the branch
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apartThe twig and the branch broke apart
      [Patient - solid, plural] [Verb] apart [Adverb]Those twigs and branches break apart easily
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2]The twig broke off the branch
      [Patient 1 - solid] [Verb] off / off of / from [Patient 2] [Adverb]Twigs break off of those branches easily

      Verbs of Separating and Disassembling (with the same syntax): blow, break, cut, draw, hack, hew, kick, knock, pry, pull, push, rip, roll, saw, shove, snap, split, tear, tug, yank.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic terms: break loose / escape / get away = run away from confinement
  6. to make a mistake or be incorrect
  7. pass on stealthily
    • examples: They slip the food to the people | They slip the people the food
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Amanda shoved John the box | Nora sent me the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London

      Verbs of Sending (with the same syntax): airmail, express, forward, hand, mail, pass, send, ship, smuggle, sneak, transmit, wire.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of slip: sneak
    • more generic terms: give / hand / pass / pass on / reach / turn over = place into the hands or custody of
  8. move easily
    • example: slip into something comfortable
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  9. cause to move with a smooth or sliding motion
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  10. pass out of one's memory
  11. move out of position
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of slip: dislocate / luxate / splay
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Specialised definition of the verb slip

Glossary of sports

to dislocate or displace a bone, especially in the spine (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


Slip a.k.a. The Slip is a contemporary avant-rock trio from Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The band consists of brothers Brad Barr and Andrew Barr, and Marc Friedman. The three also play with singer-songwriter Nathan Moore and keyboardist Marco Benevento in Surprise Me Mr. Davis. Brad & Andrew Barr additionally perform with Montreal based ensemble The Barr Brothers.


  1. "Slip" is a song by British girl-group Stooshe from their debut album London with the Lights On. Produced by Future Cut, it was released as the album's third single by Warner Music UK from 12 May 2013. Stooshe released the official artwork for the single on 20 March 2013. "Slip" is about a partner who has become comfortable in a relationship and has forgotten how to be romantic.
  2. "Slip" is the debut studio album by American post-hardcore band Quicksand, released February 9, 1993 on the Polydor label. "Omission" and "Unfulfilled" first appeared on their 1990 self-titled EP. The album is included in Decibel magazine's Hall of Fame.
  3. "Slip" is a 2009 single album by deadmau5.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  4. "Slip" is a composition.
  5. "Slip" is a musical EP of Chris Moore.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  6. "Slip" is a composition.
  7. "Slip" is a musical single of Stooshe.
    • released on
  8. "Slip" is a composition.


"Slip" is a film, directed by Brian Maris.


Slip is a fictional film character.


  1. Slip: A slip is a woman's undergarment worn beneath a dress or skirt to help it hang smoothly and to prevent chafing of the skin from coarse fabrics such as wool. Slips are also worn for warmth, and to protect fine fabrics from perspiration. A full slip hangs from the shoulders, usually by means of narrow straps, and extends from the breast to the fashionable skirt length. A half slip hangs from the waist. It may also be called a waist slip or more rarely a petticoat.
    • also known as 襯裙
  2. Slip: In materials science, a slip system describes the set of symmetrically identical slip planes and associated family of slip directions for which dislocation motion can easily occur and lead to plastic deformation. An external force makes parts of the crystal lattice glide along each other, changing the material's geometry. Depending on the type of lattice, different slip systems are present in the material.
  3. Slip: In the sport of cricket, a slip fielder is placed behind the batsman on the off side of the field. They are placed with the aim of catching an edged ball which is beyond the wicket-keeper's reach. Many teams employ two or three slips. A floating slip is sometimes employed, usually in limited over games, who patrols an area in the slip cordon that would ordinarily be occupied by more than one fielder. The slip cordon's distance from the batsman increases with the pace of the bowler; generally they will be marginally further away from the batsman than the wicketkeeper is. Because of the resulting geometry, spin bowlers generally have fewer slips in the cordon than a fast bowler would in an equivalent game situation. As fielding in the slips requires quick reflexes and sure hands, usually the most adept catchers in the team will make up the slip cordon. Most slip fielders are top order batsmen. Specialist slip fielders are sometimes called "slippers".
  4. Slip: In vehicle dynamics, slip is the relative motion between a tire and the road surface it is moving on. This slip can be generated either by the tire's rotational speed being greater or less than the free-rolling speed, or by the tire's plane of rotation being at an angle to its direction of motion.
  5. SLIP is a list processing computer programming language, invented by Joseph Weizenbaum in the 1960s. The name SLIP stands for Symmetric LIst Processor. It was first implemented as an extension to the Fortran programming language, and later embedded into MAD and ALGOL.
  6. Slip: In needlework, a slip is a design representing a cutting or specimen of a plant, usually with flowers or fruit and leaves on a stem. Most often, slip refers to a plant design stitched in canvaswork, cut out, and applied to a woven background fabric. By extension, slip may also mean any embroidered or canvaswork motif, floral or not, mounted to fabric in this way.
  7. Slip: In clinical psychology, a slip is a problematic action during, or more usually after, a psychological or medical treatment. It happens when a patient, during or after a treatment to modify a maladaptive behaviour pattern or habit, does an action characteristic of the problem being treated. It is different from a relapse in that a slip is something puntual, that happens once, and does not imply a regression to previous behaviour patterns. Slips are somewhat expected after a treatment, depending on the problem the patient presents.
  8. Slip: In telecommunications, a slip is a positional displacement in a sequence of transmitted symbols that causes the loss or insertion of one or more symbols. Slips are usually caused by inadequate synchronization of the two clocks controlling the transmission or by poor reception of the signal.

Phrases with Slip

Phrases starting with the word Slip:

  1. slip by
  2. slip in
  3. slip on
  4. slip up
  5. slip-on
  6. slip-up
  7. slip off
  8. slip out
  9. slip away
  10. Slip Case
  11. slip down
  12. slip into

Phrases ending with the word Slip:

  1. On-Slip
  2. Leg Slip
  3. let slip
  4. Non-Slip
  5. Off-Slip
  6. half-slip
  7. pink slip
  8. side-slip

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Slip

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Google previewMiscellaneous Series (1916)

by United States. Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce

Commercial Slip is a channel connecting Buffalo River and the Erie Canal at its terminus. It is about 600 feet long, 60 feet wide, and 64 feet deep, and is used only by canal boats and small tugs. Peck Slip, or Main Street Slip, is a channel 400 ...

Google previewMarine Review (1907)

The slip is the difference between the speed of advance of the propeller ( supposing it to be working in an unyielding...

Everyone agrees that negative real slip is a physical impossibility.

Google previewThe Informatics Handbook (2012)

A guide to multimedia communications and broadcasting by S.A. Fist

SLIP * Slip is a timing problem on a high-bandwidth synchronous data circuit—usually caused by long quiescent periods on the channel which give the receiver the opportunity to lock onto ...

Google previewThe Steamship (1907)

The slip is the difference between the speed of advance of the propeller (sup osin it to be working in an unyielding substance) and...

Everyone agrees that negative real slip is a physical impossibility.

Google previewJournals (1877)

by Canada. Parliament. House of Commons

The slip is a note drawn up by the Judge; it is sent to the clerk's office in order that the judgment may be pre ared. The judgment is then prepared by an officer whose duty it is, and is then handed to the Judge, who, after having examined it, ...

Google previewLife high and low ... By the author of the Greeks ... Embellished with humorous coloured plates. (Fifth edition.) (1819)

by LIFE.

A Slip is the principle of themiall; no confinement in any.

Google previewPhilip K. Dick (2010)

Canonical Writer of the Digital Age by Lejla Kucukalic

Martian Time Slip is a novel that condemns discrimination of human ...

Google previewMultiscale Phenomena in Plasticity: From Experiments to Phenomenology, Modelling and Materials Engineering (2000)

From Experiments to Phenomenology, Modelling and Materials Engineering: [proceedings] by Joël Lépinoux

Cross slip is an intricate mechanism which involves strongly curved dislocation segments at very close range. Dislocation core properties can ...

Google previewAirplane Flying Handbook 2nd Edition (2011)

FAA-H-8083-3A by Federal Aviation Administration

A slip is a combination of forward movement and sideward (with respect to the longitudinal axis of the airplane) movement, the lateral axis being inclined and the sideward movement being toward the low end of this axis (low wing). An airplane ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Slip, a mistake, a twig cut ...

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Quotes about Slip

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by. (James M. Barrie)
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Scrabble value of S1L1I1P3

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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