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slick adj
1 having a smooth, gleaming surface; "glossy auburn hair"; "satiny gardenia petals"; "sleek black fur"; "silken eyelashes"; "silky skin"; "a silklike fabric"; "slick seals and otters" [syn: glossy, satiny, sleek, silken, silky, silklike]
2 made slick by e.g. ice or grease; "sidewalks slick with ice"; "roads are slickest when rain has just started and hasn't had time to wash away the oil"
3 having only superficial plausibility; "glib promises"; "a slick commercial" [syn: glib, pat]
4 marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dik"; "a wily old attorney" [syn: crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily]


1 a slippery smoothness; "he could feel the slickness of the tiller" [syn: slickness, slipperiness, slip]
2 a magazine printed on good quality paper [syn: slick magazine]
3 a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
4 a trowel used to make a surface slick


1 make slick or smooth [syn: sleek]
2 give a smooth and glossy appearance; "slick one's hair" [syn: slick down, sleek down]

User Contributed Dictionary




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  1. Slippery due to a covering of liquid; often used to describe appearances.
    This rain is making the roads slick.
    The top coating of lacquer gives this finish a slick look.
  2. Appearing expensive or sophisticated.
    They read all kinds of slick magazines.
  1. Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy.
    That new sales rep is slick. Be sure to read the fine print before you buy anything.
  2. Clever, making an apparently hard task easy; often used sarcastically.
    Our new process for extracting needles from haystacks is extremely slick.
    That was a slick move, locking your keys in the car.
  3. (west coast slang) Extraordinarily great or special.
    That is one slick bicycle, it has all sorts of features!


Slippery due to a covering of liquid
Appearing expensive or sophisticated
Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy
Clever, making an apparently hard task easy
Extraordinarily great or special


  1. A covering of liquid, particularly oil.
    Careful in turn three — there's an oil slick on the road.
    The oil slick has now spread to cover the entire bay, critically endangering the sea life.
  2. A tire with a smooth surface instead of a tread pattern, often used in auto racing.
    You'll go much faster if you put on slicks.
  3. In the context of "US|military|_|slang": A helicopter.


A covering of liquid, particularly oil
A tire with a smooth surface instead of a tread pattern

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