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verb (used with object)
  1. to make sleek or smooth.
  2. to use a slicker on (skins or hides).
  3. Informal. to make smart or fine; spruce up (usually followed by up).
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noun
  1. Metallurgy. a small trowel used for smoothing the surface of the mold.
  2. 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
Related formsun·slicked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slick up

slick

adjective
  1. flattering and gliba slick salesman
  2. adroitly devised or executeda slick show
  3. informal, mainly US and Canadian shrewd; sly
  4. informal superficially attractivea slick publication
  5. mainly US and Canadian smooth and glossy; slippery
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noun
  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
  3. the tyre of a racing car that has worn treads
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verb (tr)
  1. mainly US and Canadian to make smooth or sleek
  2. US and Canadian informal (usually foll by up) to smarten or tidy (oneself)
  3. (often foll by up) to make smooth or glossy
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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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Word Origin and History for slick up

slick

v.

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.

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slick

n.

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.

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slick

adj.

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.

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