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slick

verb \ ˈslik \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of slick

transitive verb
:to make sleek or smooth
intransitive verb
:spruce usually used with up

Examples of slick in a Sentence

  1. The rain slicked the roads.

  2. slicking the bottom of their skis with wax

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Origin and Etymology of slick

Middle English sliken, from Old English *slician; akin to Old High German slīhhan to glide

slick Synonyms

Synonyms
grease, oil, lubricate, wax
Related Words
bathe, douse (also dowse), drench, soak, souse, wash, water, wet
Near Antonyms
coarsen, rough, roughen; dehydrate, dry, parch, sear

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slick

adjective

Definition of slick

1 a :having a smooth surface :slippery
  • slick wet leaves
b :having surface plausibility or appeal :glossy
  • slick advertising
c :based on stereotype :trite
  • slick stories soon forgotten
2 archaic :sleek 1
3 a :characterized by subtlety or nimble wit :clever; especially :wily
  • a slick swindler
b :deft, skillful
  • a slick ballplayer
4 :extremely good :first-rate

slick

adverb

slickly

adverb

slickness

noun

Examples of slick in a Sentence

  1. Be careful as you drive home—the roads are slick.

  2. big corporations and their slick lawyers

  3. The new kid had some slick moves on the basketball court.

  4. The students did a slick job of promoting the concert.

  5. The video game has slick graphics.

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Origin and Etymology of slick

Middle English slyke; akin to Old English *slician

Synonym Discussion of slick

sleek, slick, glossy mean having a smooth bright surface or appearance. sleek suggests a smoothness or brightness resulting from attentive grooming or physical conditioning.
    • a sleek racehorse
slick suggests extreme smoothness that results in a slippery surface.
    • slipped and fell on the slick floor
glossy suggests a highly reflective surface.
    • photographs having a glossy finish
sly, cunning, crafty, wily, tricky, foxy, artful, slick mean attaining or seeking to attain one's ends by guileful or devious means. sly implies furtiveness, lack of candor, and skill in concealing one's aims and methods.
    • a sly corporate raider
cunning suggests the inventive use of sometimes limited intelligence in overreaching or circumventing.
    • the cunning fox avoided the trap
crafty implies cleverness and subtlety of method.
    • a crafty lefthander
wily implies skill and deception in maneuvering.
    • the wily fugitive escaped the posse
tricky is more likely to suggest shiftiness and unreliability than skill in deception and maneuvering.
    • a tricky political operative
foxy implies a shrewd and wary craftiness usually involving devious dealing.
    • a foxy publicity man planting stories
artful implies indirectness in dealing and often connotes sophistication or cleverness.
    • elicited the information by artful questioning
slick emphasizes smoothness and guile.
    • slick operators selling time-sharing

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slick

noun

Definition of slick

1 a :something that is smooth or slippery; especially :a smooth patch of water covered with a film of oil
b :a film of oil
2 :an implement for producing a smooth or slick surface
3 :a shrewd untrustworthy person
4 :a popular magazine printed on coated stock and intended to appeal to sophisticated readers
5 :an automobile tire made without a tread for maximum traction (as in drag racing)
6 slang :a military helicopter without armaments that is used to transport troops or light cargo

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First Known Use of slick

1849


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slick

adverb

Definition of slick

informal, dated
:in a smooth or clever manner
  • "I must say they did it slick enough. They were old hands at the business."
  • —Jack London

First Known Use of slick

1825



SLICK Defined for English Language Learners

slick

verb

Definition of slick for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) smooth and slippery


slick

adjective

Definition of slick for English Language Learners

  • : very smooth and slippery

  • : clever in usually a dishonest or deceptive way

  • : skillful and clever


slick

noun

Definition of slick for English Language Learners

  • : a thin layer of liquid that makes a surface very slippery

  • : a smooth tire that is used in car racing


SLICK Defined for Kids

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slick

verb \ ˈslik \

Definition of slick for Students

slicked; slicking
:to make sleek or smooth He slicked his hair.

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slick

adjective

Definition of slick for Students

1 :having a smooth surface :slippery
  • slick pavement
2 :tricky 2
  • a slick salesman
3 :having skill and cleverness
  • She made some slick moves during the game.


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