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adjective,slick·er, slick·est.
  1. smooth and glossy; sleek.

  2. smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave.

  1. sly; shrewdly adroit: He's a slick customer, all right.

  2. ingenious; cleverly devised: a slick plan to get out of work.

  3. slippery, especially from being covered with or as if with ice, water, or oil.

  4. deftly executed and having surface appeal or sophistication, but shallow or glib in content; polished but superficial: a writer who has mastered every formula of slick fiction.

  1. a smooth or slippery place or spot or the substance causing it: oil slick.

  2. Informal.

    • a magazine printed on paper having a more or less glossy finish.

    • such a magazine regarded as possessing qualities, as expensiveness, chic, and sophistication, that hold appeal for a particular readership, as one whose members enjoy or are seeking affluence.

    • such a magazine regarded as having a sophisticated, deftly executed, but shallow or glib literary content.: Compare pulp (def. 6).

  1. any woodworking chisel having a blade more than 2 inches (5 centimeters) wide.

  2. any of various paddlelike tools for smoothing a surface.

  3. Automotive. a wide tire without a tread, used in racing.

  4. Military Slang. a helicopter.

  5. Metallurgy. a small trowel used for smoothing the surface of a mold.

  1. smoothly; cleverly.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make sleek or smooth.

  2. to use a slicker on (skins or hides).

  1. Informal. to spruce up; make smart or fine (usually followed by up).

Origin of slick

First recorded before 900 for the verb, 1350–1400 for the adjective; Middle English verb slicke(n), Old English (nīw)slīcod “(newly) polished”; Middle English adjectiveslik(e), slyk(e), from unrecorded Old English slice; cognate with dialectal Dutch sleek “even, smooth”; noun derivative of the verb or adjective; adverb derivative of the adjective

Other words for slick

Other words from slick

  • slickly, adverb
  • slickness, noun
  • un·slicked, adjective

Words Nearby slick Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use slick in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for slick


/ (slɪk) /

  1. flattering and glib: a slick salesman

  2. adroitly devised or executed: a slick show

  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian shrewd; sly

  2. informal superficially attractive: a slick publication

  3. mainly US and Canadian smooth and glossy; slippery

  1. a slippery area, esp a patch of oil floating on water

  2. a chisel or other tool used for smoothing or polishing a surface

  1. the tyre of a racing car that has worn treads

  1. mainly US and Canadian to make smooth or sleek

  2. US and Canadian informal (usually foll by up) to smarten or tidy (oneself)

  1. (often foll by up) to make smooth or glossy

Origin of slick

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic, Norwegian slikja to be or make smooth

Derived forms of slick

  • slickly, adverb
  • slickness, noun

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