slippery

[slip-uh-ree, slip-ree]
adjective, slipperier, slipperiest.
1.
tending or liable to cause slipping or sliding, as ice, oil, a wet surface, etc.: a slippery road.
2.
tending to slip from the hold or grasp or from position: a slippery rope.
3.
likely to slip away or escape: slippery prospects.
4.
not to be depended on; fickle; shifty, tricky, or deceitful.
5.
unstable or insecure, as conditions: a slippery situation.

Origin:
1525–35; alteration of slipper2; compare Low German slipperig; see -y1

slipperiness, noun
nonslippery, adjective
unslippery, adjective
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slippery (ˈslɪpərɪ, -prɪ)
 
adj
1.  causing or tending to cause objects to slip: a slippery road
2.  liable to slip from the grasp, a position, etc
3.  not to be relied upon; cunning and untrustworthy: a slippery character
4.  (esp of a situation) liable to change; unstable
5.  slippery slope a course of action that will lead to disaster or failure
 
[C16: probably coined by Coverdale to translate German schlipfferig in Luther's Bible (Psalm 35:6); related to Old English slipor slippery]
 
'slipperily
 
adv
 
'slipperiness
 
n

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slippery
1530s, from slip (v.) (cf. O.E. slipor "slippery"). Metaphoric sense of "deceitful" is first recorded 1550s; slippery slope first attested 1951.
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Example sentences
The combination of collagen mesh and water forms a strong and slippery pad in
  the joint.
Hot soapy water in a bucket for cleaning slippery hands while bottling.
Rubber trim and bottom are excellent for gripping and setting on slippery
  surfaces.
They do so because they're more slippery than prior string designs.
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