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.

    • ‘I was wearing a simple black, slip-on dress that stopped around my calves.’
    • ‘People wearing low-cut and body-hugging tops, off-the-shoulder clothing, slippers and slip-on sandals were not allowed to enter government buildings.’
    • ‘Let's start with the slip-on slippers that would go well with khadi dresses.’
    • ‘Aren't you tired of your boring, single-tone, slip-on sandals?’
    • ‘A friend of mine maintains he survived because he wore slip-on shoes from which he managed to get free.’
    • ‘Highlights include the return of the brown suit, slip-on shoes, the ra-ra skirt and an array of jumpsuits.’
    • ‘She wore a white blouse and grey sweatpants that were made for pregnant women along with slip-on shoes.’
    • ‘She pulled out a heavy crocheted blanket and a pair of slip-on shoes.’
    • ‘The casual cousins of slip-on sandals, flip-flops are basically nice shower shoes.’
    • ‘It'll not be long before I need to hang a slip-on coat by the kitchen door ready for those pop-out jobs.’
    • ‘She wears a white top, with narrow straps over bare shoulders, jeans and brown slip-on shoes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pulling on slip-on shoes, she ran out the door, forgetting her keys.’
    • ‘She wore her hair down and had little slip-on sandals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She strides in her purple slip-on shoes across plush carpet and slides into the photographer's chosen chair.’
    • ‘I'm sorry, I've left the cardigan at home, but I am wearing the 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.’
    • ‘When fly fishing, wear either no shoes or slip-on type deck shoes.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘Two types are available: clogs (open-heeled) and slip-ons.’
    • ‘She had decided on her flat-heeled, white slip-ons.’
    • ‘You can get shoes for the summer that are slip-ons, or with a strap or buckle.’
    • ‘Then she swore as one of her shoes, strange high-heeled slip-ons, fell off.’
    • ‘Start by selecting a style of trainer (runners, slip-ons, casuals, boots).’
    • ‘Lace-up shoes are the choice over slip-ons or flip flops.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tough, stylish, and super comfy, this leather slip-on is the perfect after-sport snowshoe.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These slip-ons are inexpensive, impulse purchases.’
    • ‘Don't forget to check out the footwear too - shoes, slip-ons, sandals and boots.’
    • ‘Soft or hard sole slippers, moccasins, slip-ons or mules - these are just a few of the appealing styles you can find.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I favour trainers or shoes that are fairly flat and are held on to the feet - not loose slip-ons.’
    • ‘If you want to go over the edge, wear sports shoes or slip-ons or moccasins on the feet.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Choose lace-up shoes instead of slip-ons, and keep the laces tied.’
    • ‘I've got my favourite summer shoes on - slip-ons that are beautifully decorated with beads.’



/ˈslip ˌän//ˈslɪp ˌɑn/