slicker

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

Definition of slicker

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The Yankees believe the slicker, more aerodynamic 2019 baseball may be exacerbating his problems with his split. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Which Teams Are Facing the Most Trade Deadline Pressure? Start With the Yankees," 29 July 2019 Now that the fashionable Left has abandoned compassion — and complexity — this slicker-than–Michael Moore doc buries Roy Cohn as a paradigm for Machiavellian ruthlessness. Armond White, National Review, "Where’s My Roy Cohn? Is a Lesson in Demonization," 12 Sep. 2019 The exact differences are unknown, but pitchers have said that the new MLB ball appears to be slicker and have lower seams. Dennis Young, courant.com, "Luis Severino, Dellin Betances to use major league ball during rehab stint in Double-A," 5 Sep. 2019 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, SI.com, "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, ExpressNews.com, "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

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First Known Use of slicker

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of slicker was in 1881

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slicker

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English Language Learners Definition of slicker

US : a long, loose raincoat

slicker

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

Kids Definition of slicker

: a long loose raincoat

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