slick

Slick means smooth or slippery, but it can also describe a smooth, effortless style. How did that Girl Scout talk you into buying so many boxes of cookies? It must have been her slick sales pitch.

A great salesman is often described as slick — he or she seems more like a friend than someone trying to sell you something. Things that are smooth and glossy can also be called slick, like the surface of a glass table or an icy patch on the sidewalk. Slick is also a verb, meaning "to smooth," like when you slick back your hair. The oldest meaning of slick is shiny, and in the 1620s, it was even the name of a kind of cosmetic.

Primary Meanings of slick

1.
adjnv
made slick by e.g. ice or grease
a slippery smoothness
make slick or smooth
2.
adj
marked by skill in deception
3.
n
a magazine printed on good quality paper
4.
n
a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
5.
n
a trowel used to make a surface slick
Full Definitions of slick
1

adj made slick by e.g. ice or grease

“sidewalks slick with ice”
“roads are slickest when rain has just started and hasn't had time to wash away the oil”
Synonyms:
slippery, slippy
causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide

adj having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light

slick seals and otters”
Synonyms:
satiny, silken, silklike, silky, sleek
bright
emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts

n a slippery smoothness

Synonyms:
slickness, slip, slipperiness
Type of:
smoothness
a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch

v make slick or smooth

Synonyms:
sleek
Type of:
polish, shine, smooth, smoothen
make (a surface) shine

v give a smooth and glossy appearance

slick one's hair”
Synonyms:
sleek down, slick down
Type of:
comb, comb out, disentangle
smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb
2

adj marked by skill in deception

“a slick evasive answer”
Synonyms:
crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily
artful
marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

adj having only superficial plausibility

“a slick commercial”
Synonyms:
glib, pat
plausible
apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful
3

n a magazine printed on good quality paper

Synonyms:
glossy, slick magazine
Type of:
mag, magazine
a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it
4

n a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water

Types:
oil slick
a thin film of oil floating on top of water (especially crude oil spilled from a ship)
Type of:
film
a thin coating or layer
5

n a trowel used to make a surface slick

Type of:
trowel
a small hand tool with a handle and flat metal blade; used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials

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