Slippery meaning

slĭpə-rē
Causing or tending to cause sliding or slipping.

A slippery sidewalk.

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Not trustworthy; elusive or tricky.
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Tending to slip, as from one's grasp.

A slippery bar of soap.

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Causing or liable to cause sliding or slipping, as a wet, waxed, or greasy surface.
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Tending to slip away, as from a grasp.
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Not reliable or trustworthy; deceitful.
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Subject to change.

A slippery situation.

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Immoral.
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Of a surface, having low friction, often due to being covered in a non-viscous liquid, and therefore hard to grip, hard to stand on without falling, etc.

Oily substances render things slippery.

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(figuratively, by extension) Evasive; difficult to pin down.

A slippery person.

A slippery promise.

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Origin of slippery

  • Alteration of obsolete slipper from Middle English from Old English slipor lei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition