Definition of slip-on in US English:



  • (especially of shoes or clothes) having no (or few) fasteners and therefore able to be put on and taken off quickly.

    ‘slip-on shoes’
    ‘a one-piece slip-on dress’
    • ‘People wearing low-cut and body-hugging tops, off-the-shoulder clothing, slippers and slip-on sandals were not allowed to enter government buildings.’
    • ‘Pulling on slip-on shoes, she ran out the door, forgetting her keys.’
    • ‘Aren't you tired of your boring, single-tone, slip-on sandals?’
    • ‘Highlights include the return of the brown suit, slip-on shoes, the ra-ra skirt and an array of jumpsuits.’
    • ‘The brown trousers did not fit him and ended 2 or 3 inches above his ankle and he wore either shoes without laces or slip-on shoes.’
    • ‘She pulled out a heavy crocheted blanket and a pair of slip-on shoes.’
    • ‘A friend of mine maintains he survived because he wore slip-on shoes from which he managed to get free.’
    • ‘She wore her hair down and had little slip-on sandals.’
    • ‘It'll not be long before I need to hang a slip-on coat by the kitchen door ready for those pop-out jobs.’
    • ‘The casual cousins of slip-on sandals, flip-flops are basically nice shower shoes.’
    • ‘She strides in her purple slip-on shoes across plush carpet and slides into the photographer's chosen chair.’
    • ‘Cutting out the fuss is more than a design philosophy for Julie, it's a way of life, right down to her basic wardrobe of comfortable jeans, slip-on shoes, and simple cotton blouses.’
    • ‘When fly fishing, wear either no shoes or slip-on type deck shoes.’
    • ‘If he sleeps at all, he'll be woken up well before the execution and instructed to change into prison-issue white briefs, khaki trousers, a white T-shirt, socks and slip-on shoes.’
    • ‘I was wearing a simple black, slip-on dress that stopped around my calves.’
    • ‘She wore a white blouse and grey sweatpants that were made for pregnant women along with slip-on shoes.’
    • ‘You'll be in the driver's seat this spring with this pair of pebble-leather, slip-on moccasins with contrast stitching.’
    • ‘Let's start with the slip-on slippers that would go well with khadi dresses.’
    • ‘She wears a white top, with narrow straps over bare shoulders, jeans and brown slip-on shoes.’
    • ‘I'm sorry, I've left the cardigan at home, but I am wearing the slip-on shoes.’
    put on, get dressed in, dress in, dress oneself in, pull on, climb into, get into, fling on, throw on, slip into, slip on, change into, rig oneself out in, clothe oneself in, array oneself in, deck oneself out in, accoutre oneself in, put round one's shoulders, put on one's head
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  • A shoe or garment that can be easily slipped on and off.

    ‘black suede slip-ons’
    • ‘Two types are available: clogs (open-heeled) and slip-ons.’
    • ‘Choose lace-up shoes instead of slip-ons, and keep the laces tied.’
    • ‘Soft or hard sole slippers, moccasins, slip-ons or mules - these are just a few of the appealing styles you can find.’
    • ‘If you want to go over the edge, wear sports shoes or slip-ons or moccasins on the feet.’
    • ‘I've got my favourite summer shoes on - slip-ons that are beautifully decorated with beads.’
    • ‘Lace-up shoes are the choice over slip-ons or flip flops.’
    • ‘He was not wearing shoes but slip-ons or slippers.’
    • ‘I own both black lace-up smooth-toed shoes and a pair of black slip-ons (dressy penny loafers).’
    • ‘Traditionally, men shorten their pants so that they break at the third shoelace from the toe of the shoe (or the equivalent for loafers, slip-ons and other styles of laceless shoes).’
    • ‘We were made to design a court shoe - those types of shoes that lady lawyers wear - very simple rounded front slip-ons cut from one piece of leather.’
    • ‘Start by selecting a style of trainer (runners, slip-ons, casuals, boots).’
    • ‘I favour trainers or shoes that are fairly flat and are held on to the feet - not loose slip-ons.’
    • ‘Tough, stylish, and super comfy, this leather slip-on is the perfect after-sport snowshoe.’
    • ‘It also provides a more-than-adequate amount of support and traction, making it the perfect slip-on for any water sport or wet-to-dry activity.’
    • ‘A kind of snow tire for your feet, these lightweight rubber slip-ons fit over running shoes, hiking boots and even snowboarding boots to provide nonslip traction on snow and ice.’
    • ‘Then she swore as one of her shoes, strange high-heeled slip-ons, fell off.’
    • ‘These slip-ons are inexpensive, impulse purchases.’
    • ‘You can get shoes for the summer that are slip-ons, or with a strap or buckle.’
    • ‘Don't forget to check out the footwear too - shoes, slip-ons, sandals and boots.’
    • ‘She had decided on her flat-heeled, white slip-ons.’



/ˈslɪp ˌɑn//ˈslip ˌän/