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slick1

[slik] /slɪk/
adjective, slicker, slickest.
1.
smooth and glossy; sleek.
2.
smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave.
3.
sly; shrewdly adroit:
He's a slick customer, all right.
4.
ingenious; cleverly devised:
a slick plan to get out of work.
5.
slippery, especially from being covered with or as if with ice, water, or oil.
6.
deftly executed and having surface appeal or sophistication, but shallow or glib in content; polished but superficial; glib:
a writer who has mastered every formula of slick fiction.
7.
Slang. wonderful; remarkable; first-rate.
noun
8.
a smooth or slippery place or spot or the substance causing it:
oil slick.
9.
Informal.
  1. a magazine printed on paper having a more or less glossy finish.
  2. 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.
  3. such a magazine regarded as having a sophisticated, deftly executed, but shallow or glib literary content.
    Compare pulp (def 6).
10.
any of various paddlelike tools for smoothing a surface.
11.
Automotive. a wide tire without a tread, used in racing.
12.
Military Slang. a helicopter.
adverb
13.
smoothly; cleverly.
Origin of slick1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English slike (adj.); cognate with dialectal Dutch sleek even, smooth; akin to slick2
Related forms
slickly, adverb
slickness, noun
Synonyms
3. wily, tricky, foxy, sharp.

slick2

[slik] /slɪk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make sleek or smooth.
2.
to use a slicker on (skins or hides).
3.
Informal. to make smart or fine; spruce up (usually followed by up).
noun
4.
Metallurgy. a small trowel used for smoothing the surface of the mold.
5.
any woodworking chisel having a blade more than 2 inches (5 cm) wide.
Origin
before 900; Middle English slicken (v.), Old English slician; akin to Old Norse slīkja to give a gloss to
Related forms
unslicked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for slick
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  • A moonhead can say a slick thing once in a while and be none the worse, but darned if a clever chap can cut didoes.

    Menotah Ernest G. Henham
  • And can you tie up a bundle quick and slick and make it look neat?

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • Fact is, Parson Lothrop wa'n't fond o' inter-ferin'; he was a master hand to slick things over.

    Oldtown Fireside Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • She' always up to somethin' to make a dollar, and she's as slick a talker as ever was, I guess.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The way she draws out Mr. slick is funny enough, you'd think she'd been greasing her tongue to do it fust rate.

British Dictionary definitions for slick

slick

/slɪk/
adjective
1.
flattering and glib: a slick salesman
2.
adroitly devised or executed: a slick show
3.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) shrewd; sly
4.
(informal) superficially attractive: a slick publication
5.
(mainly US & Canadian) smooth and glossy; slippery
noun
6.
a slippery area, esp a patch of oil floating on water
7.
a chisel or other tool used for smoothing or polishing a surface
8.
the tyre of a racing car that has worn treads
verb (transitive)
9.
(mainly US & Canadian) to make smooth or sleek
10.
(US & Canadian, informal) (usually foll by up) to smarten or tidy (oneself)
11.
(often foll by up) to make smooth or glossy
Derived Forms
slickly, adverb
slickness, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic, Norwegian slikja to be or make smooth
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for slick

slice and dice

verb phrase

To reduce to smaller pieces, inferentially by cutting up: Congress is the single most unpopular American institution other than the income tax; slicing and dicing its committees will bring the GOP only high praise/ Derivatives allow people to transfer risk, to slice and dice it into little pieces and pass it on/ The Court decided that this broad requirement could be sliced and diced

[1970s+; fr the preparation of cooking ingredients by slicing and dicing them]

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