Definition of slippery
- slippery roads
- a slippery fish
The trails were muddy and slippery.
Fish are slippery to hold.
The sign cautions: “Slippery when wet.”
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First Known Use: circa 1500See Words from the same year
: 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
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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