from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Smooth, glossy, and slippery: sidewalks slick with ice. See Synonyms at sleek.
  • adj. Deftly executed; adroit: "as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water” ( Tallulah Bankhead).
  • adj. Shrewd; wily.
  • adj. Superficially attractive or plausible but lacking depth or soundness: a slick writing style. See Synonyms at glib.
  • n. A smooth or slippery surface or area.
  • n. A floating film of oil.
  • n. A trail of floating material: a garbage slick.
  • n. An implement used to make a surface slick, especially a chisel used for smoothing and polishing.
  • n. Informal A magazine, usually of large popular readership, printed on high-quality glossy paper.
  • n. A racing automobile tire with a smooth tread.
  • n. Slang An unarmed military aircraft, especially a helicopter.
  • transitive v. To make smooth, glossy, or oily.
  • transitive v. Informal To make neat, trim, or tidy: slicked themselves up for the camera.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Slippery due to a covering of liquid; often used to describe appearances.
  • adj. Appearing expensive or sophisticated.
  • adj. Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy.
  • adj. Clever, making an apparently hard task easy; often used sarcastically.
  • adj. Extraordinarily great or special.
  • n. A covering of liquid, particularly oil.
  • n. A tire with a smooth surface instead of a tread pattern, often used in auto racing.
  • n. A helicopter.
  • n. A camera-ready image to be used by a printer. The "slick" is photographed to produce a negative image which is then used to burn a positive offset plate or other printing device.
  • n. A wide paring chisel used in joinery.
  • v. To make slick

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sleek; smooth.
  • n. A wide paring chisel.
  • n. A slick, or smooth and slippery, surface or place; a sleek.
  • transitive v. To make sleek or smoth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See sleek.
  • n. In metallurgy, ore in a state of fine subdivision: as sometimes used, nearly synonymous with slimes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a magazine printed on good quality paper
  • v. give a smooth and glossy appearance
  • adj. having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
  • n. a slippery smoothness
  • n. a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
  • n. a trowel used to make a surface slick
  • adj. marked by skill in deception
  • v. make slick or smooth
  • adj. made slick by e.g. ice or grease
  • adj. having only superficial plausibility


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English slike, from Old English *slice. V., Middle English sliken, from Late Old English -slīcian, -slȳcian (in nīgslȳcod, freshly smoothed).



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