What does slippery mean?

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

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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


  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

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  2. Slipperyadjective

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

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  3. Slipperyadjective

    not easily held; liable or apt to slip away

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  4. Slipperyadjective

    liable to slip; not standing firm

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  5. Slipperyadjective

    unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain; inconstant; fickle

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  6. Slipperyadjective

    uncertain in effect

    Etymology: [See Slipper, a.]

  7. Slipperyadjective

    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. 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.

  2. Marian Carroll:

    If you're after beach time or volcano trekking (not recommended in slippery conditions), the wet season can be inconvenient, on the other hand, the wet is better for river rafting (better flow conditions) and waterfall chasing.

  3. Ramon Llamas:

    Self-reporting can be a slippery slope, and this is where Apple has to be transparent, at least contractually, in what it is asking developers to do and the ramifications thereafter.

  4. Mats Wilander:

    He doesn't necessarily love grass the first week because it's green and slippery, but if the weather's hot and it gets quick and bouncy, watch out in the second week.

  5. Henry Adams:

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

Images & Illustrations of slippery

  1. slipperyslipperyslipperyslipperyslippery

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. pecuniary
    • B. irascible
    • C. commensal
    • D. usurious

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