Adjective "slick" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Done or operating in an impressively smooth and efficient way.
  1. 'The Hartlepool-born youngster has been capped by England at under-18 level and is noted for his slick passing.'
  2. 'The ergonomics of the grip are just right and the no-grip-screw installation is slick efficient and innovative.'
  3. 'The five-speed manual gearbox is pretty nifty, slick and smooth to use.'
  4. 'Py's stagecraft, with its rolling trolleys, red curtains and golded frames like religious icons, is slick and efficient, but not dazzling.'
  5. 'The game features a fairly slick damage location model, allowing you to blow the heads and limbs off zombies with well-aimed shots.'
  6. 'In times of sophisticated technological warfare, our military needs to be a highly-skilled, highly-trained and slick operation.'
  7. 'Brazil's slick passing game gathered pace, helped by Turkey's defensive errors, but the score was unchanged at halftime.'
  8. 'Few anime operations have developed the slick marketing skills necessary to take on the giants of U.S. entertainment.'
  9. 'The Foundling Hospital was, apart from anything else, an exceptionally slick operation.'
  10. 'A slick piece of indie rock, it showcases Hayes' soulful voice through a string of songs tinged with sadness yet which are ultimately uplifting.'
  11. 'the brands are backed by slick advertising'
  12. 'Shoppers are being warned not to be suckered into buying computers and other IT gear just on the back of slick advertising.'
  13. 'But this effort is based on action, not slick advertising.'
  14. 'Many believe that revival comes through slick advertisements and extensive planning.'
  15. 'Don't be fooled by the slick advertising and deceptively impressive hardware and launch titles.'
  16. 'I knew that the biotechnology industry had been pouring money into opposing the initiative with slick advertisements and tricky sound bites.'
  17. 'In the bid to eliminate the estate tax, anti-repeal forces have used slick advertising, explicit falsehoods and deception.'
  18. 'Mass amounts of this innocuous beverage flooded the market and, backed by slick advertising campaigns and the lure of good cheap wine, few could resist the bait.'
  19. 'Concentrate on the content and information presentation as opposed to advertising and slick sales copy.'
  20. 'Sarah is too smart to be taken in by the humble doorstep salesman, too cynical to fall for slick advertising patter.'
  21. 'He makes use of slick advertising, juiced-up commercial colors, and spanking-clean light.'
(of skin or hair) smooth and glossy.
  1. 'His straight slick hair shone like silver in the moonlight.'
  2. 'I wear my slick black hair in an elastic band threaded with red dice charms.'
  3. 'At supper she grinned at her stepfather, who triumphantly swept back his slick hair.'
  4. 'The few other people that were there watched in confusion as he soared across the slick surface and crashed into the wall.'
  5. 'They are not aware that the cold weather has created a slick surface in the shade of a toolbox.'
  6. 'We get out and shuffle cautiously on the slick surface.'


An oil slick.
  1. 'A Thai Navy helicopter was used to identify the extent of the oil spill and the direction that currents were carrying the slick.'
  2. 'In the last couple of days new slicks have been spotted off the northern coast of Asturias and the area has been put on high alert.'
  3. 'When they spotted an oil/petrol slick, the area was marked.'
  4. 'Vice Admiral Jamnong said that patrol boats have been relocated to patrol the area and helicopters are flying twice a day to report on the movements of the slick.'
  5. 'Just as frightening, and equally lethal, is the summer equivalent - a slick of engine oil on the road and a slight drizzle on top.'
  6. 'Nicholls was competing in France in 2002 when the slick from the oil tanker Prestige hit the beach.'
An application or amount of a glossy or oily substance.
  1. 'She insists I try the sorbet made from her favourite Meyer lemons and then the vanilla panna cotta with slices of kumquat in a slick of sweet local honey.'
  2. 'The sky was criss-crossed with vapour trails, and blue but for a dark slick that started from some high heather burning and had spread miles, a dirty line just above the horizon of the North York Moors.'
  3. 'This food comes minus the usual slicks of oil and unnatural colourings.'
  4. 'If you do feel your blood pressure starting to rise, simply slap on a slick of stress-relieving peppermint oil lip gloss.'
  5. 'A strong, glossy slick of Serra cheese was similar to Vacherin and the marinated sea bass was sharp and fresh and ceviche-like.'
  6. 'Blot the whole lip area again and top with a slick of gloss.'
  7. 'The days of the innocent slick of lipstick are over since the newest formulations work far better.'
A racing-car or bicycle tyre without a tread, for use in dry weather conditions.
  1. 'He didn't have much time in the car before the race and going out on slicks in those conditions was a real test,’ reckoned Lockie.'
  2. 'The tires lacked the grip levels of the formerly used slicks, giving the machines ‘twitchy’ handling manners and making them extremely tricky and volatile to drive.'
  3. 'I went to the back of the car and looked at the slicks with great concern and said, ‘Yep, they look pretty good to me.’'
A glossy magazine.
  1. 'Although the stories are not his best work, he and his agent must have been pleased to receive the higher rates that the slicks were paying.'
A person who is smooth and persuasive but untrustworthy.
  1. 'Before, she allowed herself to be pulled like a wishbone by sponsors, agents and other corporate slicks.'


Make (one's hair) flat, smooth, and glossy by applying water, oil, or gel to it.
  1. 'I slicked my hair back again, but this time a little less severely so.'
  2. 'His hair was slicked back and he was yammering away into a sleek cell phone in Italian.'
  3. 'Then I slick my hair back and jump in the car waiting outside my apartment.'
  4. 'His black greased hair was slicked back and his eyes held black orbs staring angrily at the man in front of him.'
  5. 'His hair is slicked back and he wears a golden watch.'
  6. 'To achieve this very elegant look a gel was applied to the hair and the hair was slicked as close to the head as possible.'
  7. 'His hair was cutely slicked back; his eyes were bright and glossy.'
  8. 'Her straight chin length black hair was slicked back with water, and ended at the back of her neck.'
  9. 'His hair was slicked back with gel, too much gel.'
  10. 'His hair is slicked back in that obnoxious, macho way.'
  11. 'she woke to find her body slicked with sweat'
  12. 'Sweat soon coated her forehead and slicked her arms as her skin slapped against the skin of strangers.'
  13. 'His body was sweat slicked and burning when she finally came back to earth.'
  14. 'It's cold, but she guesses that's probably down more to the viscous sheen of sweat slicked across her body than to the weather itself.'
Make someone or something smart, tidy, or stylish.
  1. 'However, I can say after purposely firing multiple consecutive shots without swabbing the bore (under test conditions) that hot water slicked the rifle up to brand new in a few short minutes.'
  2. 'She slicked her hair up, did her makeup, and ran down the stairs.'
  3. 'The gel ran through her fingers as she slicked her hair up.'


1. smooth and glossy; sleek.

2. smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave.

3. sly; shrewdly adroit: He's a slick customer, all right.

4. ingenious; cleverly devised: a slick plan to get out of work.

5. slippery, especially from being covered with or as if with ice, water, or oil.

6. deftly executed and having surface appeal or sophistication, but shallow or glib in content; polished but superficial; glib: a writer who has mastered every formula of slick fic

More examples(as adjective)

"sounds can be slick with tremolos."

"plants can be slick by standards."

"people can be slick as hairs."

"graphics can be slick for games."

"goings can be slick in places."

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(slick)Middle English (in the senses ‘glossy’ and ‘make smooth or glossy’): probably from Old English and related to Old Norse slíkr ‘smooth’; compare with sleek.