- The definition of slick is something glossy, smooth, slippery or oily.
An example of slick is an asphalt road just after the first rain of the season.
- Slick is defined as to smooth or make glossy.
An example of to slick is using hair grease to create a pompadour style.
- to make sleek, glossy, or smooth
- Informal to make smart, neat, or tidy: usually with up
Origin of slickMiddle English slikien from Old English slician, to make smooth, akin to Old Norse slikr, smooth from Indo-European an unverified form (s)leig-, slimy, to smooth, glide from base an unverified form (s)lei-: see slide
- sleek; glossy; smooth
- slippery; oily: said as of a surface
- accomplished; adept; clever; ingenious
- Informal clever in deception or trickery; deceptively plausible; smooth: a slick alibi
- Informal having or showing skill in composition or technique but little depth or literary significance: a slick style of writing
- Slang excellent, fine, enjoyable, attractive, etc.
Origin of slickME slike < the v.
- a smooth area on the surface of water, as resulting from a layer of oil
- an oily layer on the surface of water
- a slippery, oily area on the surface of a road
- something used for smoothing and polishing, as any of various tools with broad, flat blades
- Informal a magazine printed on paper with a glossy finish
- Smooth, glossy, and slippery: sidewalks slick with ice.
- Deftly executed; adroit: “A jockey occasionally won a four-mile heat with a slick maneuver” ( John Eisenberg )
- Confident and effortlessly effective, especially in being persuasive: a slick political insider.
- Superficially attractive or plausible but lacking depth or soundness: a slick writing style.
- Slang Excellent; wonderful.
- A smooth or slippery surface or area.
- a. A floating film of oil.b. A trail of floating material: a garbage slick.
- An implement used to make a surface slick, especially a chisel used for smoothing and polishing.
- Informal A magazine, usually of large popular readership, printed on high-quality glossy paper.
- A smooth, treadless tire, often used for racing.
- Slang An unarmed military aircraft, especially a helicopter.
transitive verbslicked, slick·ing, slicks
- To make smooth, glossy, or oily.
- Informal To make neat, trim, or tidy: slicked themselves up for the camera.
Origin of slickMiddle English slike from Old English slice ; see lei- in Indo-European roots. V., Middle English sliken from Late Old English -slīcian, -slécian ( in nīgslécod freshly smoothed )
- A term of address, generally applied to males, possibly including strangers, implying that the person addressed is slick in the sense of "sophisticated", but often used sarcastically.
- That was a great move locking your keys in the car, Slick.
- Don't you look good tonight, Slick!