slick·​er ˈsli-kər How to pronounce slicker (audio)
[slick to defraud cleverly]
: a clever crook : swindler
: a city dweller especially of stylish and well-groomed appearance or sophisticated mannerisms

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slicker was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Slicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


slick·​er ˈslik-ər How to pronounce slicker (audio)
: a long loose raincoat often of rubberized cloth or plastic
: a sly clever crook

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