What does slippery mean?

Definitions for slippery
ˈslɪp ə ri, ˈslɪp rislip·pery

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slippery, slippy(adj)

    causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide

    "slippery sidewalks"; "a slippery bar of soap"; "the streets are still slippy from the rain"

  2. slippery, tricky(adj)

    not to be trusted

    "how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee


  1. slippery(Adjective)

    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.

  2. slippery(Adjective)

    Evasive; difficult to pin down.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slippery(adj)

    having the quality opposite to adhesiveness; allowing or causing anything to slip or move smoothly, rapidly, and easily upon the surface; smooth; glib; as, oily substances render things slippery

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  2. Slippery(adj)

    not affording firm ground for confidence; as, a slippery promise

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  3. Slippery(adj)

    not easily held; liable or apt to slip away

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  4. Slippery(adj)

    liable to slip; not standing firm

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  5. Slippery(adj)

    unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain; inconstant; fickle

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  6. Slippery(adj)

    uncertain in effect

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  7. Slippery(adj)

    wanton; unchaste; loose in morals

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slippery in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slippery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of slippery in a Sentence

  1. Mira Calton:

    We sounded the alarm back in 2013 and hoped people would understand what a slippery slope it is to have all of these foods that are genetically modified, obviously, we can't say without a doubt that GMOs are dangerous, but we can say that not enough human studies have been done. We don't want to be the guinea pigs.

  2. Curt Levey:

    A smart criminal would remember to turn their cell phone off at the moment when they’re committing a crime, but it’s a slippery slope to more intrusive tactics. Pretty soon, the government will be interested in where you were as much before and after the crime as they can get. And that’s where it gets dangerous. They will want to know your state of mind or whether you met with some co-conspirators, they will want as broad a record of your location as they can find.

  3. Estonian Tanak:

    We knew the start would be tricky and made a safe tyre choice to cover both stages. Some places were even more slippery and tricky than we expected.

  4. American Energy Alliance:

    His (McCarthy's) costly proposal is a slippery slope to a slightly less intrusive Green New Deal.

  5. Judith Stein:

    I'm concerned that the telehealth reforms could be good but a slippery slope if it leads to less care being available for some, and in-person care being available for others.

Images & Illustrations of slippery

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