- 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.
Origin of slippery
Related Words for slipperiersilky, polished, unsafe, icy, unstable, wet, glistening, perilous, greasy, tricky, elusive, treacherous, smooth, slick, unpredictable, shifty, glassy, glazed, lustrous, satiny
Examples from the Web for slipperier
Historical Examples of slipperier
- 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
Word Origin for slippery
"having a slippery surface," c.1500, from Middle English sliper (adj.) "readily slipping," from Old English slipor "slippery, having a smooth surface" (see slip (v.)) + -y (2). Metaphoric sense of "deceitful, untrustworthy" is first recorded 1550s. Related: Slipperiness. In a figurative sense, slippery slope is first attested 1844. Slippery elm (1748) so called for its mucilaginous inner bark.