city slicker


noun Often Disparaging.

a term used to refer to a worldly, nattily dressed city dweller.

Nearby words

  1. city of light,
  2. city of seven hills,
  3. city plan,
  4. city planning,
  5. city room,
  6. city technology college,
  7. city-born,
  8. city-bred,
  9. city-state,
  10. cityfied

Origin of city slicker

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25

Usage note

This term is often used with disparaging intent, implying that the city dweller is slick in a deceptive way, or ill-suited to a rural environment.

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British Dictionary definitions for city slicker

city slicker

noun informal

a person with the sophistication often attributed to city people
a smooth tricky untrustworthy person
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