slick·​er | \ˈsli-kər \

Definition of slicker 

1 [ 1slick ] : oilskin broadly : raincoat

2 [ slick to defraud cleverly ]

a(1) : a clever crook : swindler

(2) : slickster

b : a city dweller especially of natty appearance or sophisticated mannerisms

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Examples of slicker in a Sentence

he put on his slicker and boots and headed out into the rain dressed in their designer duds, the out-of-state slickers stood out amongst the locals at the harvest supper

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Radio ownership consolidation had surged after the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and WHJY, WSNE and WHJJ upgraded to their slicker new headquarters, joining oldies station, and fourth cluster mate, WWBB. Billboard, "Eerie Waves: Memories of an Abandoned Radio Home, From Dido to Whitesnake's David Coverdale (& the Incredible Hulk)," 6 July 2018 Everybody presents themselves at a kiosk like Global Entry, but it’s even slicker. Carolina A. Miranda, The Atlantic, "The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation," 13 June 2018 Fit for cowgirls and city-slickers, the bar offers a little country and a little rock 'n' roll alongside trivia and truth-or-dare nights. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "11 top gay bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale," 18 June 2018 That company's $10 geocaching apps for iPhone and Android have an even slicker interface than the website itself, potentially freeing cachers from any need to go indoors. Glenn Derene, Popular Mechanics, "Geocaching: Join in the Global Game of Hide and Seek," 22 Apr. 2011 The slicker presentation is what led Martha Stewart and a host of other brands to her work. Elizabeth Wellington,, "South Philadelphia blogger's colorful, easy peasy art projects are collected in a cool, new book | Elizabeth Wellington," 17 May 2018 This would be coupled with radical changes in Explorer and the Windows shell to provide something much slicker and better-looking than XP offered. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS, part II," 27 May 2018 Di Raimondo’s Italian Market & Cheese Shop: Paso is getting slicker, but this throwback remains a go-to for finds like its Moliterno al Tartufo (raw sheep’s milk cheese with truffles). Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Drinking Up the Local Flavor (and Wine) in Paso Robles," 30 Apr. 2018 But many rural residents resented the high-handedness of city-slickers imposing strictures against traditional practices linked to the necessities of feeding a family or earning a livelihood. Stephen Budiansky, WSJ, "‘The Fair Chase’ Review: The Sportsman’s Legacy," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of slicker

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of slicker was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of slicker

: a long, loose raincoat


slick·​er | \ˈsli-kər \

Kids Definition of slicker

: a long loose raincoat

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playful or foolish behavior

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