What does slick mean?

Definitions for slick

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slickadjective

    Etymology: slickt, Dutch.

    Glass attracts but weakly; some slick stones, and thick glasses indifferently. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. slick

    Slick refers to something that is smooth and glossy, often implying slipperiness. It can also mean something done or performed in a skillful, clever or efficient manner. In more informal usage, slick can refer to someone who is suave, polished or persuasive, often with a slight negative connotation of deceitfulness or lack of sincerity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slicknoun

    see Schlich

  2. Slickadjective

    sleek; smooth

  3. Slickverb

    to make sleek or smoth

  4. Slicknoun

    a wide paring chisel

  5. 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."

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SLICK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Slick is ranked #16856 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Slick surname appeared 1,693 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Slick.

    91.1% or 1,543 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 78 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 20 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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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. Devin Nunes:

    The photo component of this is very slick, very simple, very slick, this is a quality, user-friendly product.

  2. Vanna Bonta:

    People who worship only themselves get a slick, polished look -- like monuments. Too bad they had to go so soon.

  3. Sean Kelley:

    Prisons are designed to punish, to keep people afraid, to deter, this prison changed everything though. The people who built this prison said 'why not rehabilitate, why not inspire penance?' So they built this building calling it a penitentiary. The prison at that time was state-of-the-art, revolutionary and the most expensive in the world. In operation from 1829 to 1971, thousands passed through the large gates in the 142 years it was in operation. The prisoners included some notorious criminals like Al Capone and bank robber William Slick Willie Sutton. Sutton, in fact, was part of a 1945 jailbreak. He and 11 other prisoners built a tunnel they thought would carry them to freedom. Instead, within months after the well-planned escape, all 12 inmates who broke out were caught and returned. Slick Willie was captured just 3 minutes after breaking free. In operation from 1829 to 1971, thousands passed through the large gates in the 142 years it was in operation. The prisoners included some notorious criminals like Al Capone and bank robber William.

  4. Rainn Wilson:

    I can relate to someone whose life is falling apart, and they are doing the best to get by, using humor to survive, backstrom really wears his heart on his sleeve and his life is unraveling… I would much rather hang out with that person than a slick procedural detective who has all the answers… it’s human, it’s frail, it’s interesting.

  5. Tallulah Bankhead:

    I have three phobias which, could I mute them, would make my life as slick as a sonnet, but as dull as ditch water: I hate to go to bed, I hate to get up, and I hate to be alone.

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Translations for slick

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  • glitschig, gekonnt, schlau, glatt, raffiniertGerman
  • neumático liso, resbaladizo, astuto, marea negraSpanish
  • liukas, näppärä, läikkä, lautta, sliksi, lipevä, taitava, öljylautta, öljyläikkäFinnish
  • glissantFrench
  • pneumático lisoGalician
  • slick, sdrucciolevole, falsoItalian
  • slidensLatvian
  • slijkDutch
  • хитрый, слик, пятно, разлив, скользкий, ловкий, умный, плёнкаRussian
  • kurnazca, kaygan, ustaca, akıllıcaTurkish
  • سستUrdu
  • 圆滑的Chinese

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