slick

1 [slik]
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.
a.
a magazine printed on paper having a more or less glossy finish.
b.
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.
c.
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:
1300–50; Middle English slike (adj.); cognate with dialectal Dutch sleek even, smooth; akin to slick2

slickly, adverb
slickness, noun


3. wily, tricky, foxy, sharp.
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slick

2 [slik]
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

unslicked, adjective
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slick (slɪk)
 
adj
1.  flattering and glib: a slick salesman
2.  adroitly devised or executed: a slick show
3.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) shrewd; sly
4.  informal superficially attractive: a slick publication
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) smooth and glossy; slippery
 
n
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
 
vb
9.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to make smooth or sleek
10.  informal (US), (Canadian) (usually foll by up) to smarten or tidy (oneself)
11.  (often foll by up) to make smooth or glossy
 
[C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic, Norwegian slikja to be or make smooth]
 
'slickly
 
adv
 
'slickness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

slick
O.E. -slician (attested in nigslicod "newly made sleek"), from P.Gmc. *slikojanan, from base *slikaz (cf. O.N. slikr "smooth," O.H.G. slihhan, Ger. schleichen "to creep, crawl, sneak," Du. slijk "mud, mire"), from PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from base *(s)lei- "slimy" (cf. O.E. lim "birdlime;"
L. limus "slime," linere "to anoint;" Skt. linati "sticks, stays"). The adj. is first attested c.1300, "smooth, glossy, sleek" (of skin or hair); sense of "clever in deception" is first recorded 1599.

slick
1626, 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.
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slick definition


  1. mod.
    clever; glib. : His talk is slick, but his action is zotz.
  2. mod.
    excellent. : That is a slick idea.
  3. n.
    a high-quality magazine printed on slick [coated] paper. : The slicks are all carrying ads for products and services that couldn't even be mentioned a few years ago.
  4. n.
    a racing tire. (Auto racing.) : That set of wheels has slicks. I wonder why.
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slick

glassy patch or streak on a relatively undisturbed ocean or lake surface, formed where surface tension is reduced by a monomolecular layer of organic matter produced by plankton or by man; closer to shore most of the material is man-made hydrocarbon pollutant. Slicks are patchy when the wind velocity is less than about 13 kilometres per hour (7 knots). Winds with higher velocities break slicks into narrow, closely spaced windrows aligned parallel to the wind direction. Elongate parallel slicks may also form over and migrate with the trailing slopes of internal waves

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Everything looks great when it's slick, polished and sitting on the lot.
Hip-hop album covers today have become pretty slick.
The video features slick animation, an ominous soundtrack, and interviews with
  indebted students and critical professors.
The distressed look has usurped the slick new look-out of choice, not necessity.
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