- 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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Examples from the Web for slickest
This gambler he was the slickest short-card player ever struck hereabouts.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I must say that was the slickest, pluckiest thing ever I saw anywheres.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
He was, they decided, the "slickest" man they had ever seen.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
"Well, that was the slickest thing I ever saw done," said Bob.Halsey & Co.
H. K. Shackleford
It was the slickest job of the kind that has been put through in this neck of the war.Many Fronts
Lewis R. Freeman
- 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 slickest
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.