[ slip-uh-ree, slip-ree ]
/ ˈslɪp ə ri, ˈslɪp ri /
adjective, slip·per·i·er, slip·per·i·est.
tending or liable to cause slipping or sliding, as ice, oil, a wet surface, etc.: a slippery road.
tending to slip from the hold or grasp or from position: a slippery rope.
likely to slip away or escape: slippery prospects.
not to be depended on; fickle; shifty, tricky, or deceitful.
unstable or insecure, as conditions: a slippery situation.
Discover The Influence Of Portuguese On English Via This Quiz!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
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Which of the following bird names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Words nearby slippery
OTHER WORDS FROM slipperyslip·per·i·ness, nounnon·slip·per·y, adjectiveun·slip·per·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slipperier
/ (ˈslɪpərɪ, -prɪ) /
causing or tending to cause objects to slipa slippery road
liable to slip from the grasp, a position, etc
not to be relied upon; cunning and untrustworthya slippery character
(esp of a situation) liable to change; unstable
slippery slope a course of action that will lead to disaster or failure
Derived forms of slipperyslipperily, adverbslipperiness, noun
Word Origin for slippery
C16: probably coined by Coverdale to translate German schlipfferig in Luther's Bible (Psalm 35:6); related to Old English slipor slippery
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