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.”
Recent Examples of slippery from the Web
Gen. H. R. McMaster — against political aides, led by the chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, who fear that sending in more troops would be a slippery slope toward nation-building.
Rain was falling across parts of the region during the Friday morning commute - making for wet, slippery roads in some areas.
Within the slippery world of harlotry—where class can be transcended and humanity bought—relationships form that defy our historical assumptions about the bounded categories of human experience.
For some 20,000 cyclists expecting to bike for a cause Sunday on Lake Shore Drive, slippery conditions were a possibility as one of Chicago's rainiest springs neared a close.
The rocks near the waterfall can be slippery, and the undertow inside the pool below is deceptively strong.
For Katja, however, the boundary between justice and revenge is all too slippery.
Which leads to my third point: slippery-slope arguments are inherently suspect.
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Origin and Etymology of slippery
alteration of Middle English slipper
First Known Use: circa 1500See Words from the same year
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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