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slicker1

[slik-er] /ˈslɪk ər/
noun
1.
a long, loose oilskin raincoat.
2.
any raincoat.
3.
Informal.
  1. a swindler; a sly cheat.
  2. city slicker.
Origin of slicker1
1880-1885
1880-85; slick1 + -er1
Related forms
slickered, adjective

slicker2

[slik-er] /ˈslɪk ər/
noun
1.
a tool, usually of stone or glass, for scraping, smoothing, and working tanning agents into a skin or hide.
Origin
1850-55; slick2 + -er1

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
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.
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Examples from the Web for slicker
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  • All prices include guide service, and a slicker, canteen, and lunch bag are provided with each horse.

  • Gosh, I jist fooled him out of his two dollars slicker 'n a whistle.

  • She had left her slicker in the camp and now she wished fervently she had let it remain rolled behind her saddle.

  • Lance stooped indifferently to untie his slicker and blanket from the saddle.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Collie spread his slicker over him and rode up the hill at a trot.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • The inside of her was slicker'n any parlor car you ever saw.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Jack's slicker in his fall had been split from neck to skirt and until mended would be useless.

    Jack the Young Cowboy George Bird Grinnell
British Dictionary definitions for slicker

slicker

/ˈslɪkə/
noun
1.
(informal) a sly or untrustworthy person (esp in the phrase city slicker)
2.
(US & Canadian) a shiny raincoat, esp an oilskin
3.
a small trowel used for smoothing the surfaces of a mould
Derived Forms
slickered, adjective

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 slicker
n.

1851, "tool for smoothing leather," from slick (v.). Meaning "waterproof raincoat" is from 1884; sense of "clever and crafty person" is from 1900.

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 slicker

slick as a whistle

adverb phrase

Very adroitly; cleverly: She played that horn slick as a whistle (1830+)

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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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