[ 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).
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 slick2
before 900; Middle English slicken (v.), Old English slician; akin to Old Norse slīkja to give a gloss to
OTHER WORDS FROM slickun·slicked, adjective
Words nearby slick
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British Dictionary definitions for slick up
/ (slɪk) /
flattering and gliba slick salesman
adroitly devised or executeda slick show
informal, mainly US and Canadian shrewd; sly
informal superficially attractivea slick publication
mainly US and Canadian smooth and glossy; slippery
a slippery area, esp a patch of oil floating on water
a chisel or other tool used for smoothing or polishing a surface
the tyre of a racing car that has worn treads
mainly US and Canadian to make smooth or sleek
US and Canadian informal (usually foll by up) to smarten or tidy (oneself)
(often foll by up) to make smooth or glossy
Derived forms of slickslickly, adverbslickness, noun
Word Origin for slick
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic, Norwegian slikja to be or make smooth
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