slick·​er | \ ˈsli-kər How to pronounce slicker (audio) \

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 stylish and well-groomed appearance or sophisticated mannerisms

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Synonyms for slicker


mac (or mack) [British], mackintosh (also macintosh) [chiefly British], oilskin, raincoat, waterproof [chiefly British]

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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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So did Mapplethorpe, of course, but in a slicker, more idealized mode. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Matt Wilt wields a deft hand for his ceramic creations," 3 Aug. 2019 Following the 2017 World Series, pitchers and coaches complained the balls were slicker. Charlotte Carroll,, "Justin Verlander Calls MLB Balls 'A F---ing Joke'," 8 July 2019 Wilson said the ball is visibly different compared to those of five years ago, and Missions pitcher Taylor Williams said the ball is slicker as a result of the switch to smaller seams. Greg Luca,, "Higher, farther, faster: Missions riding wave of baseball’s home run surge," 28 June 2019 The only thing slicker than those conniving aliens is Thompson’s glossy hair. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Tessa Thompson's Hairstyles Are Out Of This World," 20 June 2019 Like every state east of the Mississippi River, Illinois is worried about its growing population of city-slicker coyotes. Darryl Fears, The Denver Post, "Killing wolves was supposed to solve a problem but created issue with coyotes," 3 June 2019 A few seasons back, puffed sleeves emerged as a soft, romantic antidote to slicker trends like minimalism and streetwear. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Now More Than Ever, We Should Be Dressing Like Grown Women—Not “Sexy Babies”," 2 Aug. 2018 In recent years, there’s been a new crop of slicker (sorry) brands trying to make lube great again. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "There’s a stigma around lube. These brands want to change that.," 14 Dec. 2018 The Method is slicker than earlier MakerBot printers. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 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

US : a long, loose raincoat


slick·​er | \ ˈsli-kər How to pronounce slicker (audio) \

Kids Definition of slicker

: a long loose raincoat

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to make a temporary encampment

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