What does slick mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word slick.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slickness, slick, slipperiness, slipnoun

    a slippery smoothness

    "he could feel the slickness of the tiller"

  2. slick, slick magazine, glossynoun

    a magazine printed on good quality paper

  3. slicknoun

    a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water

  4. slickadjective

    a trowel used to make a surface slick

  5. slickadjective

    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"

  6. glib, pat, slickadjective

    having only superficial plausibility

    "glib promises"; "a slick commercial"

  7. satiny, sleek, silken, silky, silklike, slickadjective

    having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light

    "glossy auburn hair"; "satiny gardenia petals"; "sleek black fur"; "silken eyelashes"; "silky skin"; "a silklike fabric"; "slick seals and otters"

  8. crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wilyverb

    marked by skill in deception

    "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney"

  9. slick, sleekverb

    make slick or smooth

  10. slick, slick down, sleek downverb

    give a smooth and glossy appearance

    "slick one's hair"


  1. slicknoun

    A covering of liquid, particularly oil.

  2. slicknoun

    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.

  3. slicknoun

    A helicopter.

  4. slicknoun

    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.

  5. slickverb

    To make slick

    The surface had been slicked.

  6. slickadjective

    Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy.

    That new sales rep is slick. Be sure to read the fine print before you buy anything.

  7. slickadjective

    Slippery due to a covering of liquid; often used to describe appearances.

    That new sales rep is slick. Be sure to read the fine print before you buy anything.

  8. slickadjective

    Clever, making an apparently hard task easy; often used sarcastically.

    They read all kinds of slick magazines.

  9. slickadjective

    Appearing expensive or sophisticated.

    They read all kinds of slick magazines.

  10. slickadjective

    Extraordinarily great or special.

    That is one slick bicycle, it has all sorts of features!

  11. Slicknoun

    A term of address, generally applied to males, possibly including strangers, implying that the person addressed is slick in the sense of "sophisticated", but often used sarcastically.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slicknoun

    see Schlich

    Etymology: [See Sleek.]

  2. Slickadjective

    sleek; smooth

    Etymology: [See Sleek.]

  3. Slickverb

    to make sleek or smoth

    Etymology: [See Sleek.]

  4. Slicknoun

    a wide paring chisel

    Etymology: [See Sleek.]


  1. Slick

    Slick is the name of two fictional comic book characters in the Marvel Universe. One is a demon and the other is a mutant and former student of the Xavier Institute.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slick

    slik, adj. smooth: smooth-tongued: dexterous in movement or action.—adv. in a smooth manner, deftly. [Sleek]

  2. Slick

    slik, n. ore finely powdered. [Ger. schlich.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. slick

    Smooth. This is usually called an Americanism, but is a very old sea-term. In the Book for Boys and Girls, 1686, it is aptly illustrated: "The mole's a creature very smooth and slick, She digs i' th' dirt, but 'twill not on her stick."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slick in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of slick in a Sentence

  1. Mark Mueller:

    Conditions are slick, the storm honestly just moved in quicker than anybody expected.

  2. Roho Hartman:

    I said you wouldn’t believe it, Blake Shelton pulled me out, told her, ‘You better slick up, we’ll be there in just a minute.'.

  3. Bette Davis:

    There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains. the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.

  4. Ted Cruz:

    If our elections began in large states, if they began in large states like California or New York or my home state of Texas, they would all be decided by slick Hollywood TV ads, it would just be whoever spends the most money.

  5. Harris County Shah:

    This is a super slick virus that has broken every rule in the book.

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Translations for slick

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • glitschig, raffiniert, gekonnt, schlau, glattGerman
  • astuto, resbaladizo, marea negra, neumático lisoSpanish
  • öljyläikkä, öljylautta, taitava, lipevä, sliksi, näppärä, liukas, läikkä, lauttaFinnish
  • glissantFrench
  • pneumático lisoGalician
  • falso, sdrucciolevole, slickItalian
  • slidensLatvian
  • slijkDutch
  • ловкий, скользкий, разлив, пятно, слик, хитрый, умный, плёнкаRussian
  • kurnazca, akıllıca, ustaca, kayganTurkish
  • سستUrdu
  • 圆滑的Chinese

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. lacerate
    • C. ostensive
    • D. valetudinarian

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