He has veered from ruthless to sentimental, from slick to vulnerable.
Seeing her glide across the slick linoleum on the tips of her toes, I realized ballet was something I needed to try.
Inside his slick suits, Colbert possesses every weapon and trick a comedian can utilize.
A slick pamphlet (PDF) from the Family Research Council is a case in point.
If your ears are tired of slick auto-tuned vocals, pick up this disk for an aural detox.
A moonhead can say a slick thing once in a while and be none the worse, but darned if a clever chap can cut didoes.
I'm figurin' as they'll fire me, slick, fer takin' on a job like this.
Fact is, Parson Lothrop wa'n't fond o' inter-ferin'; he was a master hand to slick things over.
You wait and see if you get out as slick as you think you will.
The way she draws out Mr. slick is funny enough, you'd think she'd been greasing her tongue to do it fust rate.
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.
[earlier 1800s uses were in comparative phrases like slick as bear's grease and slick as molasses]