Slippery things are slimy or wet, or for some other reason cause you to slide on them. A slippery fish is hard to hold in your hand, and a slippery path is easy to slip on.

You should drive slowly and cautiously when the road is slippery after it starts to sleet. And your hands may get slippery with sweat when you're nervous about a job interview. You can also use this adjective in a figurative way, to mean "tricky" or "unreliable," so you might complain about your slippery brother, who always manages to disappear right before it's time to take the trash out or load the dishwasher.

Definitions of slippery
  1. adjective
    causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide
    slippery sidewalks”
    “a slippery bar of soap”
    synonyms: slippy
    having a smooth or slippery quality
    (of surfaces especially of cooking utensils) permitting easy removal of adherent food particles
    made slick by e.g. ice or grease
    being a smooth continuous motion
    slimed, slimy
    covered with or resembling slime
    slipping, slithering
    moving as on a slippery surface
    having a slippery surface or quality
    having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
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    not slippery; not likely to slip or skid
    designed to reduce or prevent skidding
    designed to reduce or prevent slipping
    rough, unsmooth
    having or caused by an irregular surface
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  2. adjective
    not to be trusted
    “"how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee”
    synonyms: tricky
    untrustworthy, untrusty
    not worthy of trust or belief
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