lubricous

[loo-bri-kuhs]

adjective

(of a surface, coating, etc.) having an oily smoothness; slippery.
unstable; shifty; fleeting.

Nearby words

  1. lubricator,
  2. lubricatory,
  3. lubricious,
  4. lubriciously,
  5. lubricity,
  6. lubritorium,
  7. lubumbashi,
  8. lubyanka,
  9. luca giordano,
  10. lucan

Origin of lubricous

1525–35; < Latin lūbricus slippery, Late Latin: unstable

Can be confusedlubricious lubricous

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Examples from the Web for lubricous

  • 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

lubricous

adj.

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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