- 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.
- to make sleek, glossy, or smooth
- Informal to make smart, neat, or tidy: usually with up
Origin of slickMiddle 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 of slickME 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
- Smooth, glossy, and slippery: sidewalks slick with ice.
- Deftly executed; adroit: “A jockey occasionally won a four-mile heat with a slick maneuver” (John Eisenberg).
- Confident and effortlessly effective, especially in being persuasive: a slick political insider.
- Superficially attractive or plausible but lacking depth or soundness: a slick writing style.
- Slang Excellent; wonderful.
- 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 smooth, treadless tire, often used for racing.
- Slang An unarmed military aircraft, especially a helicopter.
transitive verbslicked, slick·ing, slicks
- To make smooth, glossy, or oily.
- Informal To make neat, trim, or tidy: slicked themselves up for the camera.
Origin of slickMiddle English slike, from Old English *slice; see lei- in Indo-European roots. V., Middle English sliken, from Late Old English -slīcian, -sl&ymacron;cian (in nīgsl&ymacron;cod, freshly smoothed).
(comparative slicker, superlative slickest)
- 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.
- Appearing expensive or sophisticated.
- They read all kinds of slick magazines.
- Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy.
- That new sales rep is slick. Be sure to read the fine print before you buy anything.
- 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.
- (US, West Coast slang) Extraordinarily great or special.
- That is one slick bicycle: it has all sorts of features!
- sleek; smooth
- 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.
- Someone who is clever and untrustworthy.
- A tool used to make something smooth or even.
- (sports, automotive) 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.
- (US, military slang) A helicopter.
- (printing) 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.
- The project was delayed because the slick had not been delivered to the printer.
- A wide paring chisel used in joinery.
(third-person singular simple present slicks, present participle slicking, simple past and past participle slicked)
- To make slick
- The surface had been slicked.