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English noun: slip

1. slip (act) a socially awkward or tactless act

Synonymsfaux pas, gaffe, gaucherie, solecism

Broader (hypernym)bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall

2. slip (act) a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.

Synonymsmiscue, parapraxis, slip-up

Broader (hypernym)error, fault, mistake

Narrower (hyponym)Freudian slip

3. slip (substance) potter's clay that is thinned and used for coating or decorating ceramics

Broader (hypernym)potter's clay, potter's earth

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


Broader (hypernym)stalk, stem

Narrower (hyponym)quickset

5. slip (person) a young and slender person

SamplesHe's a mere slip of a lad.

Broader (hypernym)spring chicken, young person, younker, youth

6. slip (location) a place where a craft can be made fast

Synonymsberth, moorage, mooring

Broader (hypernym)anchorage, anchorage ground

7. slip (event) an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall

SamplesHe blamed his slip on the ice.
The jolt caused many slips and a few spills.


Broader (hypernym)misadventure, mischance, mishap

Narrower (hyponym)fall, spill, tumble

8. slip (attribute) a slippery smoothness

SamplesHe could feel the slickness of the tiller.

Synonymsslick, slickness, slipperiness

Broader (hypernym)smoothness

9. slip (artifact) artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material


Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)band, band, band, cramp, cramp iron, lead, leading, mullion, reef, ribbon, ring, screed, stay, tab, tape, typewriter ribbon, weather strip, weather stripping, weatherstrip, weatherstripping

10. slip (artifact) a small sheet of paper

SamplesA receipt slip.

Synonymsslip of paper

Broader (hypernym)piece of paper, sheet, sheet of paper

11. slip (artifact) a woman's sleeveless undergarment

Synonymschemise, shift, shimmy, teddy

Broader (hypernym)undergarment, unmentionable

Part holonymshoulder strap, strap

12. slip (artifact) bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow

SamplesThe burglar carried his loot in a pillowcase.

Synonymscase, pillow slip, pillowcase

Broader (hypernym)bed linen

13. slip (act) an unexpected slide

Synonymssideslip, skid

Broader (hypernym)coast, glide, slide

14. slip (act) a flight maneuver; aircraft slides sideways in the air


Broader (hypernym)airplane maneuver, flight maneuver

15. slip (act) the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)

Synonymseluding, elusion

Broader (hypernym)evasion

English verb: slip

1. slip (motion) move stealthily

SamplesThe ship slipped away in the darkness.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

2. slip (change) insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly

SamplesHe slipped some money into the waiter's hand.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in

3. slip (motion) move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner

SamplesThe wheels skidded against the sidewalk.

Synonymsskid, slew, slide, slue

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)glide

Narrower (hyponym)side-slip, skid, submarine

4. slip (change) get worse

SamplesMy grades are slipping.

Synonymsdrop away, drop off, fall away

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen

Narrower (hyponym)backslide, lapse

5. slip (motion) move smoothly and easily

SamplesThe bolt slipped into place.
Water slipped from the polished marble.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)break loose, escape, get away

6. slip (cognition) to make a mistake or be incorrect

Synonymserr, mistake

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)fall for, misjudge, misremember, slip up, stumble, trip up

7. slip (possession) pass on stealthily

SamplesHe slipped me the key when nobody was looking.

ExamplesThey slip the food to the people, They slip the people the food


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over

8. slip (motion) move easily

SamplesSlip into something comfortable.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

9. slip (motion) cause to move with a smooth or sliding motion

SamplesHe slipped the bolt into place.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move


10. slip (cognition) pass out of one's memory

Synonymsslip one's mind

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)blank out, block, draw a blank, forget

11. slip (change) move out of position

SamplesDislocate joints.
The artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically.

Synonymsdislocate, luxate, splay

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

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