slippery


slip·pery

adjective \ˈsli-p(ə-)rē\

: difficult to stand on, move on, or hold because of being smooth, wet, icy, etc.

: not easy to understand or identify in an exact way

: not able to be trusted

slip·per·i·erslip·per·i·est

Full Definition of SLIPPERY

1
a :  causing or tending to cause something to slide or fall <slippery roads>
b :  tending to slip from the grasp <a slippery fish>
2
a :  not firmly fixed :  unstable
b :  not precise or fixed in meaning :  ambiguous, elusive
3
:  not to be trusted :  tricky
slip·per·i·ness noun

Examples of SLIPPERY

  1. The trails were muddy and slippery.
  2. Fish are slippery to hold.
  3. The sign cautions: Slippery when wet.

Origin of SLIPPERY

alteration of Middle English slipper
First Known Use: circa 1500

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