slick


slick
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 with up
adj.
[ME slike < the v.]
1. sleek; glossy; smooth
2. slippery; oily, as a surface
3. accomplished; adept; clever; ingenious
4. Informal clever in deception or trickery; deceptively plausible; smooth [a slick alibi]
5. Informal having or showing skill in composition or technique but little depth or literary significance [a slick style of writing]
6. [Old Slang] excellent, fine, enjoyable, attractive, etc.
n.
1.
a) a smooth area on the surface of water, as resulting from a layer of oil
b) an oily layer on the surface of water
c) a slippery, oily area on the surface of a road
2. something used for smoothing and polishing, as any of various tools with broad, flat blades
3. Informal a magazine printed on paper with a glossy finish: distinguished from PULP
adv.
smoothly, cleverly, deftly, easily, etc.
slickly
adv.
slickness
n.

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