- tending or liable to cause slipping or sliding, as ice, oil, a wet surface, etc.: a slippery road.
- tending to slip from the hold or grasp or from position: a slippery rope.
- likely to slip away or escape: slippery prospects.
- not to be depended on; fickle; shifty, tricky, or deceitful.
- unstable or insecure, as conditions: a slippery situation.
Origin of slippery
Examples from the Web for slipperier
- causing or tending to cause objects to slipa slippery road
- liable to slip from the grasp, a position, etc
- not to be relied upon; cunning and untrustworthya slippery character
- (esp of a situation) liable to change; unstable
- slippery slope a course of action that will lead to disaster or failure
Word Origin and History for slipperier
"having a slippery surface," c.1500, from Middle English sliper (adj.) "readily slipping," from Old English slipor "slippery, having a smooth surface" (see slip (v.)) + -y (2). Metaphoric sense of "deceitful, untrustworthy" is first recorded 1550s. Related: Slipperiness. In a figurative sense, slippery slope is first attested 1844. Slippery elm (1748) so called for its mucilaginous inner bark.