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adj. slip·per·i·er, slip·per·i·est
1. Causing or tending to cause sliding or slipping: a slippery sidewalk.
2. Tending to slip, as from one's grasp: a slippery bar of soap.
3. Not trustworthy; elusive or tricky: "How extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is" (James Agee).

[Alteration of obsolete slipper, from Middle English, from Old English slipor; see lei- in Indo-European roots.]

slip′per·i·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slipperiness - a slippery smoothnessslipperiness - 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"
2.slipperiness - the quality of being a slippery rascalslipperiness - the quality of being a slippery rascal
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
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Schlüpfrigkeit f; (of rope, road, ground, shoes)Glätte f; (of fish, mud)Glitschigkeit f
(pej inf, of person) → Glätte f, → aalglatte Art


(slip) past tense, past participle slipped verb
1. to slide accidentally and lose one's balance or footing. I slipped and fell on the path.
2. to slide, or drop, out of the right position or out of control. The plate slipped out of my grasp.
3. to drop in standard. I'm sorry about my mistake – I must be slipping!
4. to move quietly especially without being noticed. She slipped out of the room.
5. to escape from. The dog had slipped its lead and disappeared.
6. to put or pass (something) with a quick, light movement. She slipped the letter back in its envelope.
1. an act of slipping. Her sprained ankle was a result of a slip on the path.
2. a usually small mistake. Everyone makes the occasional slip.
3. a kind of undergarment worn under a dress; a petticoat.
4. (also ˈslipway) a sloping platform next to water used for building and launching ships.
ˈslipper noun
a loose, soft kind of shoe for wearing indoors.
ˈslippery adjective
1. so smooth as to cause slipping. The path is slippery – watch out!
2. not trustworthy. He's rather a slippery character.
ˈslipperiness noun
slip road
a road for joining or leaving a motorway.
ˈslipshod adjective
(of work etc) untidy; careless. The teacher told him his work was slipshod.
give (someone) the slip
to escape from or avoid (someone) in a secretive manner. The crooks gave the policemen the slip.
let slip
1. to miss (an opportunity etc). I let the chance slip, unfortunately.
2. to say (something) unintentionally. She let slip some remark about my daughter.
slip into
to put on (clothes) quickly. She slipped into her nightdress.
slip off
1. to take (clothes) off quickly. Slip off your shoe.
2. to move away noiselessly or hurriedly. We'll slip off when no-one's looking.
slip on
to put on (clothes) quickly.
slip up to make a mistake; to fail to do something: They certainly slipped up badly over the new appointment (noun ˈslip-up)
References in classic literature ?
I know that this queer adventure of the Gay-Header's will be sure to seem incredible to some landsmen, though they themselves may have either seen or heard of some one's falling into a cistern ashore; an accident which not seldom happens, and with much less reason too than the Indian's, considering the exceeding slipperiness of the curb of the Sperm Whale's well.
That is to say, not noticing the slipperiness of the threshold, I stumbled against an old woman who was filling milk- jugs from a pail, and sent the milk flying in every direction
His weight told, and he dragged her up from the hole and they fell together on the floor outside the zone of slipperiness.
Sarah Pocket and Georgiana contended who should remain last; but, Sarah was too knowing to be outdone, and ambled round Georgiana with that artful slipperiness, that the latter was obliged to take precedence.
In this case, The present assignment relates to the supply of thawing agents (road salt) for the purpose of fighting the municipality of rotterdam against slipperiness.
The directors of the 27 District Road Administrations are required to monitor the area forecasts and to take the necessary actions to process roads in high-mountain areas and passageways where there are prerequisites for slipperiness and icing on wetlands.
Researchers have developed a way to make surfaces ice-phobic by altering the pliability and slipperiness of polymer coatings.
Dancers' spokesman Ted Harding consults his members on LEPWS's offer this weekend, but he doubts they will accept it because Mondays may be inconvenient and the slipperiness allegation remains.
Such a contest would offer the usual combination of simulation, slipperiness and anticlimax.
Much humor springs from the slipperiness of language--puns & phrases that have multiple meanings.
Labour MP Keith Vaz (whose slipperiness has earned him the nickname "Oily") turned up at dawn on New Year's Day to welcome East European immigrants to Britain.
Police said that a car carrying five youth was heading towards Jinnah Hospital when it got out of control due to slipperiness caused by light rain and struck an electricity pylon in