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Meaning & Definition of Slip in English

English

Slip

/slɪp/

noun

1. A socially awkward or tactless act

    synonym:
  • faux pas
  • ,
  • gaffe
  • ,
  • solecism
  • ,
  • slip
  • ,
  • gaucherie

2. A minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.

    synonym:
  • slip
  • ,
  • slip-up
  • ,
  • miscue
  • ,
  • parapraxis

3. Potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics

    synonym:
  • slip

4. A part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting

    synonym:
  • cutting
  • ,
  • slip

5. A young and slender person

  • "He's a mere slip of a lad"
    synonym:
  • slip

6. A place where a craft can be made fast

    synonym:
  • mooring
  • ,
  • moorage
  • ,
  • berth
  • ,
  • slip

7. An accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall

  • "He blamed his slip on the ice"
  • "The jolt caused many slips and a few spills"
    synonym:
  • slip
  • ,
  • trip

8. A slippery smoothness

  • "He could feel the slickness of the tiller"
    synonym:
  • slickness
  • ,
  • slick
  • ,
  • slipperiness
  • ,
  • slip

9. Artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

    synonym:
  • strip
  • ,
  • slip

10. A small sheet of paper

  • "A receipt slip"
    synonym:
  • slip
  • ,
  • slip of paper

11. A woman's sleeveless undergarment

    synonym:
  • chemise
  • ,
  • shimmy
  • ,
  • shift
  • ,
  • slip
  • ,
  • teddy

12. Bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow

  • "The burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase"
    synonym:
  • case
  • ,
  • pillowcase
  • ,
  • slip
  • ,
  • pillow slip

13. An unexpected slide

    synonym:
  • skid
  • ,
  • slip
  • ,
  • sideslip

14. A flight maneuver

  • Aircraft slides sideways in the air
    synonym:
  • slip
  • ,
  • sideslip

15. The act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)

    synonym:
  • slip
  • ,
  • elusion
  • ,
  • eluding

verb

1. Move stealthily

  • "The ship slipped away in the darkness"
    synonym:
  • steal
  • ,
  • slip

2. Insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly

  • "He slipped some money into the waiter's hand"
    synonym:
  • slip

3. Move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner

  • "The wheels skidded against the sidewalk"
    synonym:
  • skid
  • ,
  • slip
  • ,
  • slue
  • ,
  • slew
  • ,
  • slide

4. Get worse

  • "My grades are slipping"
    synonym:
  • slip
  • ,
  • drop off
  • ,
  • drop away
  • ,
  • fall away

5. Move smoothly and easily

  • "The bolt slipped into place"
  • "Water slipped from the polished marble"
    synonym:
  • slip

6. To make a mistake or be incorrect

    synonym:
  • err
  • ,
  • mistake
  • ,
  • slip

7. Pass on stealthily

  • "He slipped me the key when nobody was looking"
    synonym:
  • slip
  • ,
  • sneak

8. Move easily

  • "Slip into something comfortable"
    synonym:
  • slip

9. Cause to move with a smooth or sliding motion

  • "He slipped the bolt into place"
    synonym:
  • slip

10. Pass out of one's memory

    synonym:
  • slip
  • ,
  • slip one's mind

11. Move out of position

  • "Dislocate joints"
  • "The artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically"
    synonym:
  • dislocate
  • ,
  • luxate
  • ,
  • splay
  • ,
  • slip

Examples of using

Anybody could slip up like that.
Luck smiles upon those whom Justice lets slip.
I was trying to follow her, but she gave me the slip.