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slippery

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adjective slip·pery \ˈsli-p(ə-)rē\

Simple Definition of slippery

  • : 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

Full Definition of slippery

slip·per·i·erslip·per·i·est

  1. 1a :  causing or tending to cause something to slide or fall <slippery roads>b :  tending to slip from the grasp <a slippery fish>

  2. 2a :  not firmly fixed :  unstableb :  not precise or fixed in meaning :  ambiguous, elusive

  3. 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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