slicker

1 [slik-er]
noun
1.
a long, loose oilskin raincoat.
2.
any raincoat.
3.
Informal.
a.
a swindler; a sly cheat.

Origin:
1880–85; slick1 + -er1

slickered, adjective
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slicker

2 [slik-er]
noun
a tool, usually of stone or glass, for scraping, smoothing, and working tanning agents into a skin or hide.

Origin:
1850–55; slick2 + -er1

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 (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

slicker (ˈslɪkə)
 
n
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
 
'slickered
 
adj

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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.

slicker
1884, "waterproof raincoat," from slick (v.); sense of "clever and crafty person" is from 1900.
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Example sentences
The work boots rested below a dark slicker, its arms and belt dusted with
  sediment.
He should invest in a slicker web site, it lacks focus.
Look for slicker bodywork and graphics, stouter wheels and improved suspension.
Carry an umbrella and rain slicker for every member of your party, and pack
  sunscreen and a floppy hat to keep off the rays.
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