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  1. (of a surface, coating, etc.) having an oily smoothness; slippery.
  2. unstable; shifty; fleeting.
  3. lubricious.
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Origin of lubricous

1525–35; < Latin lūbricus slippery, Late Latin: unstable
Can be confusedlubricious lubricous


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2. unsteady, wavering, undependable.
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  • This last she did, with some lubricous staple of her own discovery, applying it with the ball of her thumb.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

Word Origin and History for lubricous


1530s, "lascivious," from Latin lubricus "slippery, smooth," from lubricus "slippery" (see lubricant (adj.)). Literal meaning "slippery, oily" is from 1650s in English; figurative sense of "shifty, elusive" is from 1640s. Also lubricious (1580s).

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