city slicker


noun Often Disparaging.

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

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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