Slip - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |slɪp|  American pronunciation of the word slip
Brit.  |slɪp|  British pronunciation of the word slip

noun

- a socially awkward or tactless act (syn: gaffe, gaucherie, solecism)
- a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc. (syn: miscue, parapraxis, slip-up)
- potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics
- a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting (syn: cutting)
- a young and slender person
- a place where a craft can be made fast (syn: berth, moorage, mooring)
- an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall(syn: trip)

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verb

- move stealthily(syn: steal)
- insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly
- move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner (syn: skid, slew, slide, slue)
- get worse
- move smoothly and easily
- to make a mistake or be incorrect (syn: err, mistake)
- pass on stealthily(syn: sneak)

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Examples

Amy slipped downstairs and out of the house.

She slipped into the driving seat and closed the door.

I'd like to slip away before the end of the meeting.

Mary could not enjoy the party, and slipped away after an hour.

You can slip in after the first piece of music is played.

The boy must have slipped out when my back was turned.

The reason for my visit had obviously slipped his mind.

I knew her face, but her name had completely slipped from my mind.

This last clause sure slipped from him unawares.

The word Hutcheson slipped my pen before I was aware.

All these weeks have slipped by, and I've hardly done anything.

Like an inconsiderate boy, I slip the thoughts of life and death.

He slipped on the ice.

His foot slipped and he fell.

He slips in his grammar.

Phrasal verbs

slip away  — leave furtively and stealthily
slip by  — pass by
slip in  — insert casually
slip off  — take off with ease or speed
slip on  — put on with ease or speed
slip up  — make an error

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: slip
he/she/it: slips
present participle: slipping
past tense: slipped
past participle: slipped
noun
singular: slip
plural: slips
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