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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
1525-1535
1525-35; alteration of slipper2; compare Low German slipperig; see -y1
Related forms
slipperiness, noun
nonslippery, adjective
unslippery, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un-slippery

slippery

/ˈslɪpərɪ; -prɪ/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
slipperily, adverb
slipperiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably coined by Coverdale to translate German schlipfferig in Luther's Bible (Psalm 35:6); related to Old English slipor slippery
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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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