slick

1
[ slik ]
/ slɪk /

adjective, slick·er, slick·est.

noun

adverb

smoothly; cleverly.

Nearby words

  1. slice bar,
  2. slice of the pie,
  3. slice-of-life,
  4. sliced,
  5. slicer,
  6. slick as a whistle,
  7. slicken,
  8. slickenside,
  9. slicker,
  10. slickly

Origin of slick

1
1300–50; Middle English slike (adj.); cognate with dialectal Dutch sleek even, smooth; akin to slick2

Related formsslick·ly, adverbslick·ness, noun

slick

2
[ slik ]
/ slɪk /

verb (used with object)

to make sleek or smooth.
to use a slicker on (skins or hides).
Informal. to make smart or fine; spruce up (usually followed by up).

noun

Metallurgy. a small trowel used for smoothing the surface of the mold.
any woodworking chisel having a blade more than 2 inches (5 cm) wide.

Origin of slick

2
before 900; Middle English slicken (v.), Old English slician; akin to Old Norse slīkja to give a gloss to

Related formsun·slicked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for slick

slick

/ (slɪk) /

adjective

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsslickly, adverbslickness, noun

Word Origin for slick

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

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