Adjective "slippery" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a surface or object) difficult to hold firmly or stand on because it is smooth, wet, or slimy.
  1. 'her hand was slippery with sweat'
  2. 'On slippery surfaces, a very smooth traction and skid control system will cut in to ensure that things never get out of hand.'
  3. 'On slippery surfaces, the car takes over and automatically controls steering torque to prevent a spin-out.'
  4. 'It creaked beneath his feet and he ignored the slippery surface.'
  5. 'It's unwise to charge up a hill at full speed but conserving momentum is crucial to avoid getting caught out by the slippery surface.'
  6. 'The trapped bees try to escape from the flowers by climbing the sepals, but escape is made even more difficult by the slippery waxy sepal surface.'
  7. 'There are also gearbox modes for slippery surfaces or for faster gear changes.'
  8. 'Loss of balance on a slippery surface, especially ice or snow, is also common.'
  9. 'Mr Clayton claimed that too little sand was used in the resin compound, so instead of giving extra grip, the surface became smooth and slippery.'
  10. 'Part of the work involved the application of a plastic lining which subsequently proved to be a safety risk due to its slippery surface.'
  11. 'Wear low-heeled shoes with non-slip soles and check your house for slippery surfaces that might cause you to trip or fall.'
  12. 'They are a bunch of desperate slippery folks, and re-election and banishment is coming upon them soon.'
  13. 'He's being a slippery character who fails to show any sign of remorse or even responsibility for his work.'
  14. 'The Right will see how political spin and slippery personalities can sell questionable character to the voters.'
  15. 'A policeman has told how he bravely apprehended a slippery customer.'
  16. 'Only a fool would claim otherwise - a fool, or a slippery lawyer.'
  17. 'Having interrogated endless politicians, business leaders and other slippery characters, he knows exactly how to keep control.'
  18. 'Then Richard had become an asset, someone she wanted to be able to move around, but he was slippery.'
  19. 'These money men are as practised in the art of the ‘spin’ as the most slippery politician.'
  20. 'In this hour, a general talks strategy against a slippery enemy.'
  21. 'Have I been taken in, or is she just a slippery customer?'
  22. 'the word ‘intended’ is a decidedly slippery one'
  23. 'Aristotle was a thoroughgoing ‘empiricist’ in two senses of that slippery term.'
  24. 'I have found the point, as I say, finely balanced. ‘Facility’ is a slippery word.'
  25. 'Party allegiance itself has become a more slippery concept, as political cross-dressing blurs the lines between the parties.'
  26. 'Clarifying this slippery concept, however, suggests that the most important changes pointed to by postmodernism are political.'
  27. 'In that context the election packages, dignified artificially by the term manifesto, were based on very slippery assumptions.'
  28. 'But existential is a slippery word, in politics as well as philosophy.'
  29. 'But the slippery term keeps expanding to encompass more and more groups.'
  30. 'It's a nuanced world we live in, and responsibility is such a slippery concept.'
  31. 'Bias in the context of this case is a slippery term.'
  32. 'But all you are doing is demonstrating what an absolutely slippery concept tax avoidance is.'


1. tending or liable to cause slipping or sliding, as ice, oil, a wet surface, etc.: a slippery road.

2. tending to slip from the hold or grasp or from position: a slippery rope.

3. likely to slip away or escape: slippery prospects.

4. not to be depended on; fickle; shifty, tricky, or deceitful.

5. unstable or insecure, as conditions: a slippery situation.

More examples(as adjective)

"paths can be slippery at alls."

"stones can be slippery as fish."

"splittings can be slippery in rains."

"roads can be slippery because of rains."

"rivens can be slippery in weathers."

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Late 15th century: from dialect slipper ‘slippery’, probably suggested by Luther's schlipfferig.


slippery slope