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[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
1300-1350
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for slickness

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 slickness
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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Slang definitions & phrases for slickness

slick

adjective
  1. Smooth and clever; smart: She's a very slick talker (1599+)
  2. Cunning; crafty: more than a match for any slick city lawyer (1807+)
  3. Excellent; nifty: The soup was ''simply slick'' (1843+)
  4. Glib and superficial; without real substance: They turn out people with slick plastic personalities (1920+)
noun
  1. A magazine printed on glossy paper and usually having some artistic or intellectual pretensions, as distinguished from pulp magazines: magazines, from top slicks to minor pulps (1934+)
  2. n automobile tire with a very smooth tread: My Sting Ray is light, the slicks are startin' to spin (1950s+ Hot rodders)
  3. A police bureaucrat regarded as self-serving by the rank and file: But no way am I hanging around to talk to the slicks on this one (1980s+ New York City police)

[earlier 1800s uses were in comparative phrases like slick as bear's grease and slick as molasses]


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Encyclopedia Article for slickness

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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