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
Synonyms for slick
Related Words for slickestsleek, icy, slippery, glossy, shiny, oily, greasy, glib, sly, deft, skillful, smooth, shrewd, sophisticated, sharp, knowing, professional, wise, quick, soapy
Examples from the Web for slickest
Historical Examples of slickest
This gambler he was the slickest short-card player ever struck hereabouts.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I must say that was the slickest, pluckiest thing ever I saw anywheres.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
He was, they decided, the "slickest" man they had ever seen.The Winning Clue
James Hay, Jr.
"Well, that was the slickest thing I ever saw done," said Bob.Halsey & Co.
H. K. Shackleford
It was the slickest job of the kind that has been put through in this neck of the war.Many Fronts
Lewis R. Freeman
Word Origin for slick
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.