slippery

adjective
slip·pery | \ ˈsli-p(ə-)rē \
slipperier; slipperiest

Definition of slippery 

1a : causing or tending to cause something to slide or fall slippery roads

b : tending to slip from the grasp a slippery fish

2a : not firmly fixed : unstable

b : not precise or fixed in meaning : ambiguous, elusive

3 : not to be trusted : tricky

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Other words from slippery

slipperiness noun

Examples of slippery in a Sentence

The trails were muddy and slippery. Fish are slippery to hold. The sign cautions: “Slippery when wet.”
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Mama's Dumplings are slippery and tender, stuffed with pork, ginger and cabbage and bobbing in a bowl of straightforward soy broth. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Luvi's chef tells a deliciously beautiful story: First look review," 22 May 2018 When hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line, however, investors should expect transparency — not slippery and confusing language masquerading as industry jargon. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "How to Lose $700 Million, Theranos-Style," 4 May 2018 Conditions are generally very muddy / slippery and there are uphill sections, which may be quite steep. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016 Brown’s water resources department, the project’s chief overseer and promoter, has been treading a slippery log on this issue for years. George Skelton, latimes.com, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 From there the race trail leads into the gut of the mountain, a slippery stream bed full of large, wet stones and running water. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon race trail has it all: snow, lush vegetation, flowing water and lots of dust," 3 July 2018 And the patty should be bigger, to avoid creating a slippery mess and a pile of uneaten bread nubs. Zoe Sayler, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s veggie burgers: Eating your vegetables never tasted this good," 3 July 2018 In fact, because of tidal conditions forecast for Le Grand Départ this year, the cyclists will not ride across the slippery Gois, but instead cross the bridge built in 1971. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Small Island Where the Tour de France Begins Is Actually a Vacationer's Paradise," 3 July 2018 Tedeschi and Trucks take those slippery sitar lines, bends and drones and adapt them admirably for guitar. John Adamian, courant.com, "Tedeschi Trucks And Jay Critch Are Just Two Of This Week's Must-See Shows," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of slippery

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slippery

alteration of Middle English slipper

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The first known use of slippery was circa 1500

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slippery

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of slippery

: 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

adjective
slip·pery | \ ˈsli-pə-rē \
slipperier; slipperiest

Kids Definition of slippery

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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