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slippery

[ slip-uh-ree, slip-ree ]
/ 藞sl瑟p 蓹 ri, 藞sl瑟p ri /
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adjective, slip路per路i路er, slip路per路i路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.
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Origin of slippery

1525鈥35; alteration of slipper2; compare Low German slipperig;see -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM slippery

slip路per路i路ness, nounnon路slip路per路y, adjectiveun路slip路per路y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slippery

slippery
/ (藞sl瑟p蓹r瑟, -pr瑟) /

adjective
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 slippery

slipperily, 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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