- smooth and glossy; sleek.
- smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave.
- sly; shrewdly adroit: He's a slick customer, all right.
- ingenious; cleverly devised: a slick plan to get out of work.
- slippery, especially from being covered with or as if with ice, water, or oil.
- deftly executed and having surface appeal or sophistication, but shallow or glib in content; polished but superficial; glib: a writer who has mastered every formula of slick fiction.
- Slang. wonderful; remarkable; first-rate.
- a smooth or slippery place or spot or the substance causing it: oil slick.
- a magazine printed on paper having a more or less glossy finish.
- such a magazine regarded as possessing qualities, as expensiveness, chic, and sophistication, that hold appeal for a particular readership, as one whose members enjoy or are seeking affluence.
- such a magazine regarded as having a sophisticated, deftly executed, but shallow or glib literary content.Compare pulp(def 6).
- any of various paddlelike tools for smoothing a surface.
- Automotive. a wide tire without a tread, used in racing.
- Military Slang. a helicopter.
- smoothly; cleverly.
Origin of slick1
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- to make sleek or smooth.
- to use a slicker on (skins or hides).
- Informal. to make smart or fine; spruce up (usually followed by up).
- Metallurgy. a small trowel used for smoothing the surface of the mold.
- any woodworking chisel having a blade more than 2 inches (5 cm) wide.
Origin of slick2
Examples from the Web for slick
If your ears are tired of slick auto-tuned vocals, pick up this disk for an aural detox.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Dressed in a slick black suit, Chapman discovers, say, how people come to be millionaires.Ex-Spy Anna Chapman, From Russia Unloved
November 27, 2014
He licked them up with a slick bronzy tongue and spat a thick wad of honey-brown juice into the empty teacup.Short Stories from The Daily Beast: Four Hundred Grand
July 6, 2014
During its early incarnation, slick dress became the uniform for the violent disaffected youth taking to the streets.Ska Fans, Rejoice! The ‘Rudeboy’ Is Back
June 17, 2014
The locals might be laughing but the slick, wealthy crowd is here and ready for an explosive weekend at the legendary festival.Tennessee Not Impressed By Bonnaroo
Daniel G. Hill
June 13, 2014
And can you tie up a bundle quick and slick and make it look neat?The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
But that minnit I seen an arm shoot out and that fellow shot off as slick!Stories of a Western Town
She' always up to somethin' to make a dollar, and she's as slick a talker as ever was, I guess.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
What the Queen wanted most at the moment was to be quick and slick in getting off.
“Slick” was a word which she had recently learned from Smith.
- flattering and gliba slick salesman
- adroitly devised or executeda slick show
- informal, mainly US and Canadian shrewd; sly
- informal superficially attractivea slick publication
- mainly US and Canadian smooth and glossy; slippery
- a slippery area, esp a patch of oil floating on water
- a chisel or other tool used for smoothing or polishing a surface
- the tyre of a racing car that has worn treads
- mainly US and Canadian to make smooth or sleek
- US and Canadian informal (usually foll by up) to smarten or tidy (oneself)
- (often foll by up) to make smooth or glossy
Word Origin and History for slick
Old English -slician (in nigslicod "newly made sleek"), from Proto-Germanic *slikojan, from base *slikaz (cf. Old Norse slikr "smooth," Old High German slihhan "to glide," German schleichen "to creep, crawl, sneak," Dutch slijk "mud, mire"), from PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from root *(s)lei- "slimy" (see slime (n.)). Related: Slicked; slicking.
1620s, 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.
early 14c., "smooth, glossy, sleek" (of skin or hair); sense of "clever in deception" is first recorded 1590s; that of "first-class, excellent" is from 1833. Related: Slickly; slickness.