- The definition of slick is something glossy, smooth, slippery or oily.
An example of slick is an asphalt road just after the first rain of the season.
- Slick is defined as to smooth or make glossy.
An example of to slick is using hair grease to create a pompadour style.
slick definition by Webster's New World
- to make sleek, glossy, or smooth
- Informal to make smart, neat, or tidy: usually with up
Origin: Middle English slikien ; from Old English slician, to make smooth, akin to Old Norse slikr, smooth ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)leig-, slimy, to smooth, glide ; from base an unverified form (s)lei-: see slide
- sleek; glossy; smooth
- slippery; oily, as a surface
- accomplished; adept; clever; ingenious
- Informal clever in deception or trickery; deceptively plausible; smooth: a slick alibi
- Informal having or showing skill in composition or technique but little depth or literary significance: a slick style of writing
- Slang excellent, fine, enjoyable, attractive, etc.
Origin: ME slike < the v.
- a smooth area on the surface of water, as resulting from a layer of oil
- an oily layer on the surface of water
- a slippery, oily area on the surface of a road
- something used for smoothing and polishing, as any of various tools with broad, flat blades
- ☆ Informal a magazine printed on paper with a glossy finish
slick definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective slick·er, slick·est
- Smooth, glossy, and slippery: sidewalks slick with ice. See Synonyms at sleek.
- Deftly executed; adroit: “as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water” (Tallulah Bankhead).
- Shrewd; wily.
- Superficially attractive or plausible but lacking depth or soundness: a slick writing style. See Synonyms at glib.
- A smooth or slippery surface or area.
- a. A floating film of oil.b. A trail of floating material: a garbage slick.
- An implement used to make a surface slick, especially a chisel used for smoothing and polishing.
- Informal A magazine, usually of large popular readership, printed on high-quality glossy paper.
- A racing automobile tire with a smooth tread.
- Slang An unarmed military aircraft, especially a helicopter.
- To make smooth, glossy, or oily.
- Informal To make neat, trim, or tidy: slicked themselves up for the camera.
Origin: Middle English slike, from Old English *slice; see lei- in Indo-European roots. V., Middle English sliken, from Late Old English -slīcian, -slȳcian (in nīgslȳcod, freshly smoothed).
- slickˈly adverb
- slickˈness noun