slippery

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adjective slip·pery \ˈsli-p(ə-)rē\

Definition of slippery

slipperier

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slipperiest

  1. 1a :  causing or tending to cause something to slide or fall slippery roadsb :  tending to slip from the grasp a slippery fish

  2. 2a :  not firmly fixed :  unstableb :  not precise or fixed in meaning :  ambiguous, elusive

  3. 3 :  not to be trusted :  tricky

slipperiness

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Examples of slippery in a Sentence

  1. The trails were muddy and slippery.

  2. Fish are slippery to hold.

  3. The sign cautions: Slippery when wet.

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Origin and Etymology of slippery

alteration of Middle English slipper


SLIPPERY Defined for English Language Learners

slippery

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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

slippery

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adjective slip·pery \ˈsli-pə-rē\

Definition of slippery for Students

slipperier

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slipperiest

  1. 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. 2 :  not to be trusted :  tricky a slippery politician



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