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adj. slick·er, slick·est
1. Smooth, glossy, and slippery: sidewalks slick with ice.
2. Deftly executed; adroit: "A jockey occasionally won a four-mile heat with a slick maneuver" (John Eisenberg).
3. Confident and effortlessly effective, especially in being persuasive: a slick political insider.
4. Superficially attractive or plausible but lacking depth or soundness: a slick writing style.
5. Slang Excellent; wonderful.
1. A smooth or slippery surface or area.
a. A floating film of oil.
b. A trail of floating material: a garbage slick.
3. An implement used to make a surface slick, especially a chisel used for smoothing and polishing.
4. Informal A magazine, usually of large popular readership, printed on high-quality glossy paper.
5. A smooth, treadless tire, often used for racing.
6. Slang An unarmed military aircraft, especially a helicopter.
tr.v. slicked, slick·ing, slicks
1. To make smooth, glossy, or oily.
2. Informal To make neat, trim, or tidy: slicked themselves up for the camera.

[Middle English slike, from Old English *slice; see lei- in Indo-European roots. V., Middle English sliken, from Late Old English -slīcian, -slȳcian (in nīgslȳcod, freshly smoothed).]

slick′ly adv.
slick′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slickness - verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some wayslickness - verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
2.slickness - a kind of fluent easy superficiality; "the glibness of a high-pressure salesman"
shallowness, superficiality - lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
3.slickness - a slippery smoothnessslickness - a slippery smoothness; "he could feel the slickness of the tiller"
smoothness - a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch; "admiring the slim smoothness of her thighs"; "some artists prefer the smoothness of a board"
ذكاءٌ ماكِر


[ˈslɪknɪs] N
1. (pej) (= superficiality, glibness) → habilidad f, maña f
2. (= skill, efficiency) → habilidad f, destreza f


[ˈslɪknɪs] n (= sophistication, skill) → style m brillant
(= persuasiveness) → façons fpl mielleuses


(often pej: = cleverness) → Gewieftheit f (inf), → Cleverness f (inf); (of performance, style, writing)Glattheit f; we were impressed by the slickness with which he answeredwir waren davon beeindruckt, wie glatt er antwortete
(of appearance)geschniegeltes Aussehen


(slik) adjective
clever especially in a sly or dishonest way; smart. That was a very slick move!
ˈslickly adverb
ˈslickness noun
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