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slick (v.)

Old English -slician (in nigslicod "newly made sleek"), from Proto-Germanic *slikojan, from base *slikaz (source also of Old Norse slikr "smooth," Old High German slihhan "to glide," German schleichen "to creep, crawl, sneak," Dutch slijk "mud, mire"), from PIE *sleig- "to smooth, glide, be muddy," from root *(s)lei- "slimy" (see slime (n.)). Related: Slicked; slicking.

slick (n.)

1620s, 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.

slick (adj.)

early 14c., "smooth, glossy, sleek" (of skin or hair); sense of "clever in deception" is first recorded 1590s; that of "first-class, excellent" is from 1833. Related: Slickly; slickness.

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Definitions of slick
1
slick (n.)
a slippery smoothness;
Synonyms: slickness / slipperiness / slip
slick (n.)
a magazine printed on good quality paper;
Synonyms: slick magazine / glossy
slick (n.)
a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water;
slick (n.)
a trowel used to make a surface slick;
2
slick (adj.)
made slick by e.g. ice or grease;
sidewalks slick with ice
slick (adj.)
superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject;
a slick advertising campaign
Synonyms: facile / neat
slick (adj.)
having only superficial plausibility;
a slick commercial
Synonyms: glib / pat
slick (adj.)
marked by skill in deception;
a slick evasive answer
Synonyms: crafty / cunning / dodgy / foxy / guileful / knavish / sly / tricksy / tricky / wily
3
slick (v.)
make slick or smooth;
Synonyms: sleek
slick (v.)
give a smooth and glossy appearance;
slick one's hair
Synonyms: slick down / sleek down
From wordnet.princeton.edu