- a long, loose oilskin raincoat.
- any raincoat.
- a swindler; a sly cheat.
- city slicker.
Origin of slicker1
- a tool, usually of stone or glass, for scraping, smoothing, and working tanning agents into a skin or hide.
Origin of slicker2
- smooth and glossy; sleek.
- smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave.
- sly; shrewdly adroit: He's a slick customer, all right.
- ingenious; cleverly devised: a slick plan to get out of work.
- slippery, especially from being covered with or as if with ice, water, or oil.
- deftly executed and having surface appeal or sophistication, but shallow or glib in content; polished but superficial; glib: a writer who has mastered every formula of slick fiction.
- Slang. wonderful; remarkable; first-rate.
- a smooth or slippery place or spot or the substance causing it: oil slick.
- 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).
- any of various paddlelike tools for smoothing a surface.
- Automotive. a wide tire without a tread, used in racing.
- Military Slang. a helicopter.
- smoothly; cleverly.
Origin of slick1
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Examples from the Web for slicker
Out went the underground graphics; in came a cleaner, slicker style.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
The older, slicker Biden, with four years of veep-hood under his belt, had some gifts handed to him on a platter.Joe Biden Beat Paul Ryan, But Veep Debate Was a Mediocre Snoozefest
October 12, 2012
The idea was to remake it in a slicker and, of course, more costly version.The Next Blair Witch?
October 6, 2009
Gosh, I jist fooled him out of his two dollars slicker 'n a whistle.Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
Lance stooped indifferently to untie his slicker and blanket from the saddle.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
The inside of her was slicker'n any parlor car you ever saw.Shorty McCabe
She folded the slicker lengthwise and threw it across her shoulder.
Then she put up a lunch and stowed it in the pocket of her slicker.
- informal a sly or untrustworthy person (esp in the phrase city slicker)
- US and Canadian a shiny raincoat, esp an oilskin
- a small trowel used for smoothing the surfaces of a mould
- 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
Word Origin and History for slicker
1851, "tool for smoothing leather," from slick (v.). Meaning "waterproof raincoat" is from 1884; sense of "clever and crafty person" is from 1900.
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.