slippery

adjective
slip·​pery | \ ˈsli-p(ə-)rē How to pronounce slippery (audio) \
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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Winter ice sports depend on this one fact: Ice is slippery. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 Most of the time, these tires—kit with the track package ($2,995), along with rear wing and front carbon-fiber splitter—made driving the ZR1 like wrestling a giant bipolar eel: powerful, slippery, hard to get a grip. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Corvette ZR1: The Last, and Best, of Its Kind," 28 Nov. 2018 After applying conditioner, Rinse with cold water until your hair is slightly slippery. Jillian Ruffo, Seventeen, "8 Insanely Easy Tips For The Softest Hair Of Your Life," 28 Nov. 2018 Some pitchers who move from Japan to the U.S. struggle with the grip and release of major league baseballs, which tend to feel a little more slippery than those used in Japan. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Angels are impressed with Shohei Ohtani's first bullpen session, but Ohtani wants to be better," 16 Feb. 2018 Finally the murderers waded into the gruesome scene of wounded, bleeding children (one of the killers compared it to a slippery ice rink awash with blood and brains) and stabbed them manically with bayonets or shot them in the head. Simon Sebag Montefiore, Town & Country, "The Devastating True Story of the Romanov Family's Execution," 5 Oct. 2016 The winter theme also means lots of snowy areas, which include slippery surfaces for players to contend with. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite season 7 arrives with Santa, planes, and lots of snow," 6 Dec. 2018 All-wheel drive can be used on dry pavement, where four-wheel drive requires a slippery surface so that the front and rear ends can match speed without binding. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use Your 4WD System," 5 Dec. 2018 But go slowly, Taurus love, as diving into the psyche can be slippery. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 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
informal : not able to be trusted

slippery

adjective
slip·​pery | \ ˈsli-pə-rē How to pronounce slippery (audio) \
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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