Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a slippery smoothness
  2. (noun, communication) a magazine printed on good quality paper
  3. (noun, artifact) a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
  4. (noun, artifact) a trowel used to make a surface slick
  5. (verb, contact) make slick or smooth
  6. (verb, body) give a smooth and glossy appearance
  7. (adj, all) made slick by e.g. ice or grease
    roads are slickest when rain has just started and hasn't had time to wash away the oil
  8. (adj, all) having only superficial plausibility
    a slick commercial
  9. (adj, all) having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
    satiny gardenia petals
    sleek black fur
    silken eyelashes
    silky skin
    a silklike fabric
    slick seals and otters
  10. (adj, all) marked by skill in deception
    deep political machinations
    a foxy scheme
    a slick evasive answer
    sly as a fox
    tricky Dick
    a wily old attorney

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Slick

Derivations: slick, slickness

Hyponyms: oil slick

Hypernyms: comb, comb out, disentangle, film, mag, magazine, polish, shine, smooth, smoothen, smoothness, trowel

Origin of the word Slick

  1. O.E. -slician (attested in nigslicod "newly made sleek"), from P.Gmc. *slikojanan, from base *slikaz (cf. O.N. slikr "smooth," O.H.G. slihhan, Ger. schleichen "to creep, crawl, sneak," Du. slijk "mud, mire"), from PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from base *(s)lei- "slimy" (cf. O.E. lim "birdl… more
  2. 1626, a kind of cosmetic, from slick (v.). Meaning "smooth place on the surface of water caused by oil, etc." is attested from 1849. Meaning "a swindler, clever person" is attested from 1959. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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