slippery

[slip-uh-ree, slip-ree] /ˈslɪp ə ri, ˈslɪp ri/
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
Related forms
slipperiness, noun
nonslippery, adjective
unslippery, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for un-slippery
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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Word Origin and History for un-slippery
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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