(noun, adjective, verb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): slippery, slippy

2. superficially impressive, but actually untrustworthy.

- a slick advertising campaign

Similar word(s): superficial, facile

3. having only superficial plausibility

- a slick commercial

Similar word(s): plausible, glib, pat

4. having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light

- slick seals and otters

Similar word(s): bright, satiny, silken, silklike, silky, sleek

5. marked by skill in deception

- a slick evasive answer

Similar word(s): artful, crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily

6. (US slang) extraordinarily great or special.

Sentences with slick as an adjective:

- This rain is making the roads slick.

- The top coating of lacquer gives this finish a slick look.

- They read all kinds of slick magazines.

- That new sales rep is slick. Be sure to read the fine print before you buy anything.

- Our new process for extracting needles from haystacks is extremely slick.

- That was a slick move, locking your keys in the car.

- That is one slick bicycle: it has all sorts of features!


1. a slippery smoothness

- he could feel the slickness of the tiller

Similar word(s): slickness, slip, slipperiness

Definition categories: attribute, smoothness

2. a magazine printed on good quality paper

Similar word(s): glossy

Definition categories: communication, mag, magazine

3. a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water

Definition categories: man–made, film

4. a trowel used to make a surface slick

Definition categories: man–made, trowel

Sentences with slick as a noun:

- Careful in turn three — there's an oil slick on the road.

- The oil slick has now spread to cover the entire bay, critically endangering the sea life.

- You'll go much faster if you put on slicks.

- The project was delayed because the slick had not been delivered to the printer.


1. make slick or smooth

Similar word(s): sleek

Definition categories: contact, polish, shine, smooth, smoothen

2. give a smooth and glossy appearance

- slick one's hair

Definition categories: body, comb, disentangle

Sentences with slick as a verb:

- The surface had been slicked.