- a swindler; a sly cheat.
- city slicker.
- slick as a whistle,
Origin of slicker1
Origin of slicker2
adjective, slick·er, slick·est.
- 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).
Origin of slick1
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Tunku Varadarajan|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The idea was to remake it in a slicker and, of course, more costly version.
She had left her slicker in the camp and now she wished fervently she had let it remain rolled behind her saddle.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O|Clair Blank
In the height of the rainstorm, he was seen to don his slicker, and hurry out into the storm.Conscript 2989|Irving Crump
I will take you to her, Justin promised, as he tore the blankets and slicker from behind the saddle.Justin Wingate, Ranchman|John H. Whitson
A poncho is preferable to a slicker, because of the many uses to which it may be put.Packing and Portaging|Dillon Wallace
It's full of pointers, and a slicker bit of evidence it would be hard to find.Motor Matt's Air Ship|Stanley R. Matthews
Word Origin for slick
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.