Having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy.
- sleek hair
Not rough or harsh.
- So sleek her skin, so faultless was her make.
- Those rugged names to our like mouths grow sleek .
(en adverb )
(dated) With ease and dexterity.
(en verb )
To make smooth or glossy; to polish or cause to be attractive.
That which makes smooth; varnish.
Slippery due to a covering of liquid; often used to describe appearances.
- This rain is making the roads slick .
Appearing expensive or sophisticated.
- The top coating of lacquer gives this finish a slick look.
Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy.
- They read all kinds of slick magazines.
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- That new sales rep is slick . Be sure to read the fine print before you buy anything.
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Clever, making an apparently hard task easy; often used sarcastically.
- The threat the most radical of them pose is evidently far greater at home than abroad: in one characteristically slick and chilling Isis video – entitled “a message to the Jordanian tyrant” – a smiling, long-haired young man in black pats the explosive belt round his waist as he burns his passport and his fellow fighters praise the memory of Zarqawi, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
- Our new process for extracting needles from haystacks is extremely slick .
Extraordinarily great or special.
- That was a slick move, locking your keys in the car.
- That is one slick bicycle: it has all sorts of features!
- Both slick and dainty.
(en noun )
A covering of liquid, particularly oil.
- Careful in turn three — there’s an oil slick on the road.
Someone who is clever and untrustworthy.
A tool used to make something smooth or even.
(sports, automotive) A tire with a smooth surface instead of a tread pattern, often used in auto racing.
- The oil slick has now spread to cover the entire bay, critically endangering the sea life.
(printing) A camera-ready image to be used by a printer. The “slick” is photographed to produce a negative image which is then used to burn a positive offset plate or other printing device.
- You’ll go much faster if you put on slicks .
A wide paring chisel used in joinery.
- The project was delayed because the slick had not been delivered to the printer.
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(en verb )
To make slick
- The surface had been slicked .
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