Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


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
References in periodicals archive ?
Aggregates are mainly used for the structural layers of the streets and construction of pipelines and for the slickness of streets.
uk FERNANDINHO Driving run set up Aguero goal, and any hopes that Basel had of getting a foothold in the game broke on Brazilian rock 8 GUNDOGAN His slickness in possession and intelligent use of the ball have added another dimension to this City team 9 B SILVA The lovely chest control and volley for City's second goal was just reward for his vital work 9 AGUERO His thumping goal was a match highlight but he also teed up Gundogan for the fourth 9 STERLING Great run and cross to tee up Bernardo's lovely goal.
For those who don't mind the slickness of oil cleansers, La Mer
The film pulls it off with panache, if perhaps a touch too much slickness.
What we couldn't quite do is get that slickness of passing.
When giving casting lessons, I have seen the weight and slickness features help new casters pick up the proper motion with minimal effort.
The greens in Houston present a similar speed and slickness to those found at Augusta, so it should provide the perfect prep.
Warburton said: "Look at the English Premier League and the slickness of that product.
Such was the gang's sophistication and slickness, they obtained in excess of PS20m in this way.
The scoreline was perhaps a little harsh on Llanelli who had plenty of the play in the second half but the Drovers were smarter in defence as well as having the extra slickness and speed behind the scrum.
But while it's difficult to feel anything other than awe and respect for this genuinely inspiring figure, whose advocacy for women's education worldwide has made her a hero to millions and a target for many, it's also hard not to wish director Davis Guggenheim had approached Yousafzai's still-growing legacy with a bit less heart-tugging slickness.
They are aware of the slickness of this sophisticated instrument of debt, but still love it for its capacity to flaunt their status in a disparate-income society.