Other forms: slicked; slickest; slicks; slicking

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.

Definitions of slick
  1. adjective
    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”
    slippery, slippy
    causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide
  2. adjective
    having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
    slick seals and otters”
    synonyms: satiny, silken, silklike, silky, sleek
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
  3. noun
    a slippery smoothness
    synonyms: slickness, slip, slipperiness
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    type of:
    a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch
  4. verb
    make slick or smooth
    synonyms: sleek
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    type of:
    polish, shine, smooth, smoothen
    make (a surface) shine
  5. verb
    give a smooth and glossy appearance
    slick one's hair”
    synonyms: sleek down, slick down
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    type of:
    comb, comb out, disentangle
    smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb
  6. adjective
    marked by skill in deception
    “a slick evasive answer”
    synonyms: crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily
    marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft
  7. adjective
    having only superficial plausibility
    “a slick commercial”
    synonyms: glib, pat
    apparently reasonable, valid, or truthful
  8. noun
    a magazine printed on good quality paper
    synonyms: glossy, slick magazine
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    type of:
    mag, magazine
    a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it
  9. noun
    a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
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    oil slick
    a thin film of oil floating on top of water (especially crude oil spilled from a ship)
    type of:
    a thin coating or layer
  10. noun
    a trowel used to make a surface slick
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    type of:
    a small hand tool with a handle and flat metal blade; used for scooping or spreading plaster or similar materials




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