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Definitions for slippery
ˈslɪp ə ri, ˈslɪp rislip·pe·ry

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slippery, slippyadjective

    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, trickyadjective

    not to be trusted

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

Wiktionary

  1. slipperyadjective

    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. slipperyadjective

    Evasive; difficult to pin down.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slipperyadjective

    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

  2. Slipperyadjective

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

  3. Slipperyadjective

    not easily held; liable or apt to slip away

  4. Slipperyadjective

    liable to slip; not standing firm

  5. Slipperyadjective

    unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain; inconstant; fickle

  6. Slipperyadjective

    uncertain in effect

  7. Slipperyadjective

    wanton; unchaste; loose in morals

  8. Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

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Numerology

  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. Mark Sargent:

    I don't think they're just linked, they kind of feed each other... it's a slippery slope when you think that the government has been hiding these things. All of a sudden, you become one of those people that's like,' can you trust anything on mainstream media ?'.

  2. Curt Levey:

    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. 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.

  4. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst:

    That's an example of how protean and slippery the stories are and that's why we like them.

  5. Michela Menting:

    I think it’s a dangerous line, and once breached, we are on a slippery slope.

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