To "slip" is to fall or almost fall.
- He slipped on the ice.
- Renee slipped on the stairs and fell down.
- Jeff almost slipped on a loose piece of carpet.
- Be careful! Don’t slip!
- The tires on my car are slipping on the icy street.
The adjective form for "slip" is "slippery."
- Be careful! The streets and sidewalks are slippery today because of the ice.
- The slippery fish jumped out of Dave’s hands and landed in the bottom of the boat. (If it’s hard to hold something or get a grip on something, it might be slippery.)
- The floor will be slippery after you mop it with water.
You can also use the word "slip" when a person makes a mistake or a person’s performance is not as good as it usually is:
- The quality of their food is slipping.
- Ron’s grades in school are slipping because he has his mind on other things.
- The team slipped up on a few plays and almost lost the game.
Click here to go to the Word of the Day page.
This page was first published on January 25, 2012. It was updated on January 19, 2017.