Slick - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |slɪk|  American pronunciation of the word slick
Brit.  |slɪk|  British pronunciation of the word slick


- a slippery smoothness (syn: slip)
he could feel the slickness of the tiller
- a magazine printed on good quality paper (syn: glossy)
- a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
- a trowel used to make a surface slick


- make slick or smooth (syn: sleek)
- give a smooth and glossy appearance
slick one's hair


- 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
- superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject (syn: facile, neat)
a slick advertising campaign
- having only superficial plausibility (syn: glib, pat)
a slick commercial
- having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light (syn: satiny, silken, silky, sleek)
slick seals and otters
- marked by skill in deception (syn: crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily)
a slick evasive answer

Extra examples

The rain slicked the roads.

...slicking the bottom of their skis with wax...

Be careful as you drive home—the roads are slick.

The new kid had some slick moves on the basketball court.

The students did a slick job of promoting the concert.

The video game has slick graphics.

I'll just take a hurried look round and be back again slick.

It was painted with just two slicks of the brush.

The presentation was very slick.

He got round the defender using some slick footwork.

Cars were sliding off roads that were slick with rain.

Did she die slick right away?

The surface was so slick that the wheels couldn't gain purchase.

...with his flashy suit and carefully sculpted coiffure, he looks like a slick car dealer...

...victimized by a confidence man with a slick story...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: slick
he/she/it: slicks
present participle: slicking
past tense: slicked
past participle: slicked
singular: slick
plural: slicks
comparative: slicker
superlative: slickest
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