adjective, slick·er, slick·est.
- 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).
- slice bar,
- slice of the pie,
- slick as a whistle,
Origin of slick1
verb (used with object)
Origin of slick2
Examples from the Web for slick
If your ears are tired of slick auto-tuned vocals, pick up this disk for an aural detox.
He licked them up with a slick bronzy tongue and spat a thick wad of honey-brown juice into the empty teacup.Short Stories from The Daily Beast: Four Hundred Grand|Elliot Ackerman|July 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During its early incarnation, slick dress became the uniform for the violent disaffected youth taking to the streets.
The locals might be laughing but the slick, wealthy crowd is here and ready for an explosive weekend at the legendary festival.
Bernstein is a slick, handsome wheeler and dealer, so everyone is going to be making the Don Draper comparison.Jon Hamm’s Movie Star Pitch (He’s Not Really Like Don Draper)|Andrew Romano|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why you should avoid using the sable as a rule is that it will make the painting too "slick" and edgy.The Painter in Oil|Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
Fellows as slick as them are won't come back this way and run the chance of being arrested by my men.Tom Swift and his Motor-cycle|Victor Appleton
Please, ma'am, if you'll let us stay here to-night I'll do up all the chores as slick as a pin.Jack the Hunchback|James Otis
I want to worry whether my legs will get slick and brown when I swim in the summer.This Side of Paradise|F. Scott Fitzgerald
The sombre bell metal was slick as if oiled and absorbed light without refracting it.L-bas|J. K. Huysmans
Word Origin for slick
Old English -slician (in nigslicod "newly made sleek"), from Proto-Germanic *slikojan, from base *slikaz (cf. Old Norse slikr "smooth," Old High German slihhan "to glide," German schleichen "to creep, crawl, sneak," Dutch slijk "mud, mire"), from PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from root *(s)lei- "slimy" (see slime (n.)). Related: Slicked; slicking.
1620s, a kind of cosmetic, from slick (v.). Meaning "smooth place on the surface of water caused by oil, etc." is attested from 1849. Meaning "a swindler, clever person" is attested from 1959.
early 14c., "smooth, glossy, sleek" (of skin or hair); sense of "clever in deception" is first recorded 1590s; that of "first-class, excellent" is from 1833. Related: Slickly; slickness.