slick

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[ 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.

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Origin of slick

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

OTHER WORDS FROM slick

un·slicked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slick up

slick
/ (slɪk) /

adjective

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of slick

slickly, adverbslickness, noun

Word Origin for slick

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