slipping Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb move stealthily
    steal; slip.
    • The ship slipped away in the darkness
  2. verb insert inconspicuously or quickly or quietly
    • He slipped some money into the waiter's hand
  3. verb move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
    slew; slide; skid; slip; slue.
    • the wheels skidded against the sidewalk
  4. verb get worse
    drop off; drop away; slip; fall away.
    • My grades are slipping
  5. verb move smoothly and easily
    • the bolt slipped into place
    • water slipped from the polished marble
  6. verb to make a mistake or be incorrect
    slip; err; mistake.
  7. verb pass on stealthily
    sneak; slip.
    • He slipped me the key when nobody was looking
  8. verb move easily
    • slip into something comfortable
  9. verb cause to move with a smooth or sliding motion
    • he slipped the bolt into place
  10. verb pass out of one's memory
    slip one's mind; slip.
  11. verb move out of position
    splay; dislocate; slip; luxate.
    • dislocate joints
    • the artificial hip joint luxated and had to be put back surgically
  12. adjective satellite moving as on a slippery surface
    • his slipping and slithering progress over the ice