slick + -ly
Variant of slick
- 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
smoothly, cleverly, deftly, easily, etc.