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SLICK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does slick mean? 

SLICK (noun)
  The noun SLICK has 4 senses:

1. a slippery smoothness
2. a magazine printed on good quality paper
3. a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
4. a trowel used to make a surface slick

  Familiarity information: SLICK used as a noun is uncommon.


SLICK (adjective)
  The adjective SLICK has 4 senses:

1. having a smooth, gleaming surface
2. made slick by e.g. ice or grease
3. having only superficial plausibility
4. marked by skill in deception

  Familiarity information: SLICK used as an adjective is uncommon.


SLICK (verb)
  The verb SLICK has 2 senses:

1. make slick or smooth
2. give a smooth and glossy appearance

  Familiarity information: SLICK used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SLICK (noun)


Sense 1slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A slippery smoothness

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

slipperiness; slick; slickness; slip

Context example:

he could feel the slickness of the tiller

Hypernyms ("slick" is a kind of...):

smoothness (a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch)


Sense 2slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A magazine printed on good quality paper

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

glossy; slick magazine; slick

Hypernyms ("slick" is a kind of...):

mag; magazine (a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it)


Sense 3slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A film of oil or garbage floating on top of water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("slick" is a kind of...):

film (a thin coating or layer)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "slick"):

oil slick (a thin film of oil floating on top of water (especially crude oil spilled from a ship))


Sense 4slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A trowel used to make a surface slick

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("slick" is a kind of...):

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


SLICK (adjective)


Sense 1slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a smooth, gleaming surface

Synonyms:

glossy; satiny; silken; silklike; silky; sleek; slick

Context examples:

glossy auburn hair / satiny gardenia petals / sleek black fur / silken eyelashes / silky skin / a silklike fabric / slick seals and otters

Similar:

smooth (having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities)


Sense 2slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Made slick by e.g. ice or grease

Context examples:

sidewalks slick with ice / roads are slickest when rain has just started and hasn't had time to wash away the oil

Similar:

slippery; slippy (causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide)


Sense 3slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having only superficial plausibility

Synonyms:

pat; glib; slick

Context examples:

glib promises / a slick commercial

Similar:

plausible (apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful)


Sense 4slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by skill in deception

Synonyms:

wily; tricksy; sly; knavish; guileful; foxy; crafty; dodgy; cunning; tricky; slick

Context examples:

cunning men often pass for wise / deep political machinations / a foxy scheme / a slick evasive answer / sly as a fox / tricky Dick / a wily old attorney

Similar:

artful (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft)


SLICK (verb)


Sense 1slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make slick or smooth

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

sleek; slick

Hypernyms (to "slick" is one way to...):

polish; shine; smooth; smoothen (make (a surface) shine)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2slick [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give a smooth and glossy appearance

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

slick down; sleek down; slick

Context example:

slick one's hair

Hypernyms (to "slick" is one way to...):

comb; comb out; disentangle (smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They slick their hair


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