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
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Contemporary Examples of slickly
This spot for The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas is slickly filmed and features catchy music and intriguing visuals.12 Most Annoying Commercials of 2010
December 25, 2010
Historical Examples of slickly
It was clear that the game had been too slickly worked for the boy to have acted differently than he had done.
More than a few of the fellows say he must have been a spy, and up to some mischief, because he slipped off so slickly.Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines
Charles Amory Beach
Here, with the other properties of his act, a slickly painted blue barrel stood upended.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
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.