I. verb Etymology: Middle English sliken, from Old English *slician; akin to Old High German slīhhan to glide Date: 14th century transitive verb to make sleek or smooth intransitive verb spruce — usually used with up II. adjective Etymology: Middle English slyke; akin to Old English *slician Date: 14th century 1. a. having a smooth surface ; slippery <
slick wet leaves
b. having surface plausibility or appeal ; glib, glossy <
slick advertising
c. based on stereotype ; trite <
slick stories soon forgotten
2. archaic sleek 1 3. a. characterized by subtlety or nimble wit ; clever; especially wily <
a reputation as a slick operator
b. deft, skillful <
a slick ballplayer
4. extremely good ; first-rate Synonyms: see sleek, slyslick adverbslickly adverbslickness noun III. noun Date: 1849 1. a. something that is smooth or slippery; especially a smooth patch of water covered with a film of oil b. a film of oil 2. an implement for producing a smooth or slick surface 3. a shrewd untrustworthy person 4. a popular magazine printed on coated stock and intended to appeal to sophisticated readers 5. an automobile tire made without a tread for maximum traction (as in drag racing) 6. slang a military helicopter without armaments that is used to transport troops or light cargo

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Slick — Slick, n. A slick, or smooth and slippery, surface or place; a sleek. The action of oil upon the water is upon the crest of the wave; the oil forming a slick upon the surface breaks the crest. The Century. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slick — Slick, a. [See {Sleek}.] Sleek; smooth. Both slick and dainty. Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slick — der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. amerik. slick zu engl. slick »schlüpfrig«> für trockene Strecken verwendeter Rennreifen mit einer klebrigen Gummimischung, die bei starker Erhitzung ihre beste Haftfähigkeit erlangt (Motorsport) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Slick — Slick, OK U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 148 Housing Units (2000): 63 Land area (2000): 0.441560 sq. miles (1.143635 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.441560 sq. miles (1.143635 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • slick — ► ADJECTIVE 1) done or operating in an impressively smooth and efficient way. 2) glibly assured. 3) (of skin or hair) smooth and glossy. 4) (of a surface) smooth, wet, and slippery. ► NOUN ▪ a smooth patch of oil, especially on the sea. ► VERB …   English terms dictionary

  • slick — [slik] vt. [ME slikien < OE slician, to make smooth, akin to ON slikr, smooth < IE * (s)leig , slimy, to smooth, glide < base * (s)lei : see SLIDE] 1. to make sleek, glossy, or smooth 2. Informal to make smart, neat, or tidy: usually… …   English World dictionary

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  • Slick — Slick, n. (Joinery) A wide paring chisel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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