slick

adjective
\ ˈslik How to pronounce slick (audio) \
slicker; slickest

Definition of slick

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : 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
2a : characterized by subtlety or nimble wit : clever especially : wily a slick swindler
b : deft, skillful a slick ballplayer
3 : extremely good : first-rate
4 archaic : sleek sense 1

slick

verb
slicked; slicking; slicks

Definition of slick (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to make sleek or smooth

intransitive verb

: spruce usually used with up

slick

noun

Definition of slick (Entry 3 of 4)

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

slick

adverb

Definition of slick (Entry 4 of 4)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from slick

Adjective

slickly adverb
slickness noun

Synonyms for slick

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for slick

Adjective

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

Examples of slick in a Sentence

Adjective Be careful as you drive home—the roads are slick. big corporations and their slick lawyers The new kid had some slick moves on the basketball court. The students did a slick job of promoting the concert. The video game has slick graphics. Verb The rain slicked the roads. slicking the bottom of their skis with wax
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The picture is slick but dull, glitzy but witless, expensively boring. Kyle Smith, National Review, 27 May 2021 Garlic, parsley and Calabrian chiles, slick with olive oil, get caught among the larger nubbins, like pebbles in a brook. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 That’s the challenge right - making highly technical processes seem slick, premium, and easy. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Voltron: Legendary Defender, honing a skill for slick, powerful action and fully realized emotional character acting. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 26 Mar. 2021 Browning’s pump-action design of the 1893 and 1897 were slick, quick, and both guns pointed extremely well. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, 10 Mar. 2021 Prior to shaving, smooth on a second application of glide over the area to be shaved to create a slick surface. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 30 May 2021 This features a tubular design and a slick inner surface for moving from a car, couch, sofa, or bed easier. Chris Hachey, BGR, 11 May 2021 The whole video has this DIY quality to it, but then the editing is slick. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tokyo Perfect Repair Treatment Masque to slick back second or third-day hair for extra moisture, or try using clips or headbands to hide any grease. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 28 Apr. 2021 Drew Timme had 23 points and five rebounds and, after one dunk, pretended to slick down his handlebar mustache for the few thousand fans in the stands. Eddie Pells, ajc, 31 Mar. 2021 Drew Timme had 23 points and five rebounds and, after one dunk, pretended to slick down his handlebar mustache for the few thousand fans in the stands. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 Drew Timme had 23 points and five rebounds and, after one dunk, pretended to slick down his handlebar mustache for the few thousand fans in the stands. Eddie Pells, ajc, 31 Mar. 2021 Drew Timme had 23 points and five rebounds and, after one dunk, pretended to slick down his handlebar mustache for the few thousand fans in the stands. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 Drew Timme had 23 points and five rebounds and, after one dunk, pretended to slick down his handlebar mustache for the few thousand fans in the stands. Eddie Pells, ajc, 31 Mar. 2021 Drew Timme had 23 points and five rebounds and, after one dunk, pretended to slick down his handlebar mustache for the few thousand fans in the stands. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 Drew Timme had 23 points and five rebounds and, after one dunk, pretended to slick down his handlebar mustache for the few thousand fans in the stands. Eddie Pells, ajc, 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mapo tofu, another staple, has improved as the chef has upped the fat content from turkey to lean beef to finally pork, whose oils form a reddish slick that mingles luxuriously with the soft cubes of tofu. Maggie Hennessy, Bon Appétit, 23 Apr. 2021 In February, an agent talked to a bank employee, who not only told them Mullins had been there a day before but queued up surveillance video of him talking to a teller, wearing no mask and with his dark hair pushed back in that signature slick. Author: Drew Harwell, Craig Timberg, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2021 In February, an agent talked to a bank employee, who not only told them Mullins had been there a day before but queued up surveillance video of him talking to a teller, wearing no mask and with his dark hair pushed back in that signature slick. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 The whale’s floating body also forms a chum slick on the surface—a trail of blood, oil, and chunks of fat and flesh that might stretch for miles across the water. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2021 Leaving the attention to the face, hairstylist extraordinaire Nikki Nelms crafted a side-part slick-back that boasted a subtle wet look and was finished by a small upward flip. Blake Newby, Essence, 4 Apr. 2021 On Tuesday, during the 100-mile round trip to tend to his cattle, Edwards’ truck stalled on an incline slick with ice. Melissa B. Taboada And Sarah M. Vasquez, Chron, 25 Feb. 2021 Of course, a storm doesn't even have to come close to the slick to cause havoc, as Alex proved. David Biello, Scientific American, 15 July 2010 Globules of tar first started appearing on Israel's coastline on Feb. 19 after a winter storm drove the slick to shore. Fox News, 4 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'slick.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of slick

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slick

Adjective

Middle English slyke; akin to Old English *slician

Verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about slick

Time Traveler for slick

Time Traveler

The first known use of slick was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for slick

Last Updated

14 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Slick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slick. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for slick

slick

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of slick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: very smooth and slippery
: clever in usually a dishonest or deceptive way
: skillful and clever

slick

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slick (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (something) smooth and slippery

slick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slick (Entry 3 of 3)

: a thin layer of liquid that makes a surface very slippery
: a smooth tire that is used in car racing

slick

verb
\ ˈslik How to pronounce slick (audio) \
slicked; slicking

Kids Definition of slick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make sleek or smooth He slicked his hair.

slick

adjective

Kids Definition of slick (Entry 2 of 2)

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!