Etymology
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slipper (n.)

type of loose, light indoor footwear, late 14c., agent noun from slip (v.), the notion being of a shoe that is easily "slipped" onto the foot. Compare slip (n.2). Old English had slypescoh "slipper," literally "slip-shoe." By 1580s as characteristic of something you beat a child with as a disciplinary punishment. Related: Slippered. Also in creature-names, such as slipper-limpet (1828), slipper-shell (1825).

updated on January 11, 2023

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