Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 casual footwear which are held in place around the front of the foot and are so named because of the sound they make slapping against the sole of the foot as the wearer walks 2 (flip-flop English) vb. (en-third-person singularflip-flop)
Flip-flops are a type of open-toed sandal, typically worn as a form of casual wear. They consist of a flat sole held loosely on the foot by a Y-shaped strap or thong that passes between the first and second toes and around both sides of the foot. The name "flip-flop" originated from the sound made by the slapping of the sole, foot and floor when walking.
This style of footwear has been worn by the people of many cultures throughout the world, originating as early as the ancient Egyptians in 1,500 B.C. The modern flip-flop descends from the Japanese zōri, which became popular after World War II when soldiers returning to the United States brought them back. They became popular gender-neutral summer footwear starting in the 1960s. Some varieties have since found their way into more formal attire.
Usage examples of "flip-flops".
On a drop-dead-perfect June morning, I traded my tie and briefcase for swimsuit and flip-flops and headed with Marley across the Intracoastal Waterway.
There were Land Cruisers straight from the showroom and jundies with shiny boots and clean, western-type uniforms, and the crowd in their stinking dish-dashes and flip-flops or plain bare feet.
Clover Lee, who retired only to a respectful distance, and there began practicing flip-flops and cartwheels to display her legs and under parts to best advantage.
Therefore they tiptoe backward and keep on backing until they have faded into the soft shadows at the far end of Arbor Street and swiftly whisked around the corner, at which point they turn around and, hampered by the frivolous flip-flops, the twins start running.
Flip-flops have their output values in each clock cycle determined by their input values in the previous cycle.
It was incredibly hot this particular night, and as soon as we got in, we took our clothes off and hung around in our skiddies and flip-flops.
He was dressed like he was the first time I saw him, in khaki shorts, very loud aloha shirt, and flip-flops.