slick

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adjective, slick·er, slick·est.

noun

adverb

smoothly; cleverly.

Origin of slick

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1300–50; Middle English slike (adj.); cognate with dialectal Dutch sleek even, smooth; akin to slick2
Related formsslick·ly, adverbslick·ness, noun

Synonyms for slick

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Historical Examples of slickly


British Dictionary definitions for slickly

slick

adjective

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

noun

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

verb (tr)

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 Formsslickly, adverbslickness, noun

Word Origin for slick

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic, Norwegian slikja to be or make smooth
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Word Origin and History for slickly

slick

v.

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.

slick

n.

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.

slick

adj.

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.

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