slick «slihk», adjective, verb, noun, adverb.
1. soft and glossy; sleek; smooth: »

slick hair.

2. slippery; greasy: »

a road slick with ice or mud.

3. Informal, Figurative. a) clever; ingenious; skillful; deft: »

a slick barber, a slick shortop.

b) sly; tricky: »

a slick operator.

c) smooth of speech or manners but superficial; glib: »

They were suspicious of [his] advertising, which they thought “slick” and American (New York Times).

4. Informal, Figurative. of or like that of a smooth, tricky person; cunningly made up: »

a slick excuse.

1. to make sleek or smooth: »

Rain slicked the winding mountain roads (Time).

2. U.S. History. to punish by authority of a vigilance committee.
to move in a smooth manner; glide; sweep: »

Slowly, slowly, he slicked out (Maclean's).

1. a smooth place or spot. Oil makes a slick on the surface of water. »

There is a slick of mud on the road.

2. U.S. Informal. a magazine printed on heavy, glossy paper: »

He had spent nearly twenty years writing mostly wilderness-adventure serials, first for the pulps and then for the “slicks” (Newsweek).

3. a) a tool used for scraping and smoothing leather. b) a trowel for smoothing the top of a mold in founding.
4. U.S. a large tire without a tread, made for hot rods.
1. Informal. smoothly; slyly; cleverly.
2. directly.
[Middle English slike, related to Old English -slician make smooth]
slick´ly, adverb.
slick´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Slick, OK — U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 148 Housing Units (2000): 63 Land area (2000): 0.441560 sq. miles (1.143635 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.441560 sq. miles (1.143635 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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