lu·​bri·​cious lü-ˈbri-shəs How to pronounce lubricious (audio)
variants or lubricous
: marked by wantonness : lecherous
also : salacious
: having a smooth or slippery quality
a lubricious skin
lubriciously adverb

Examples of lubricious in a Sentence

played a lubricious soap opera character who was in multiple relationships
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Word History


Latin lūbricus "slippery, hard to hold, hazardous" (Late Latin also "morally weak, lascivious") + -ious — more at sleeve

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lubricious was in 1535

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Cite this Entry

“Lubricious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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