Definition of slippery
Examples of slippery in a sentence
The trails were muddy and slippery.
Fish are slippery to hold.
The sign cautions: “Slippery when wet.”
Origin and Etymology of slippery
alteration of Middle English slipper
First Known Use: circa 1500
SLIPPERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of slippery for English Language Learners
: difficult to stand on, move on, or hold because of being smooth, wet, icy, etc.
: not easy to understand or identify in an exact way
: not able to be trusted
SLIPPERY Defined for Kids
Definition of slippery for Students
1 : having a surface smooth or wet enough to make holding onto or moving or standing on difficult a slippery fish A man fell on the slippery walk.
2 : not to be trusted : tricky a slippery politician
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