What does slippery mean?

Definitions for slippery
ˈslɪp ə ri, ˈslɪp rislip·pery

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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.]

How to pronounce slippery?

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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. 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.

  2. Henry Adams:

    No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

  3. Sadiq Khan:

    The idea that we restrict freedom of speech, the right to assemble, the right to protest because somebody might be offended is a slippery slope, we have a rich history in this country of having a sense of humor as well.

  4. College Park Councilmember Fazlul Kabir:

    The good thing is that it gives more residents the chance to make elected people more responsible, more accountable, but the risk is that this could be a slippery slope—other cities can do this, and the change could trickle down beyond College Park to counties and states, and it could even become a national issue –that’s the risk I was feeling.

  5. Proverb:

    Great mansions have slippery doors.

Images & Illustrations of slippery

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