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Slippery definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Smooth; glib; having the quality opposite to adhesiveness; as, oily substances render things slippery.
2. Not affording firm footing or confidence; as a slippery promise. The slipp'ry tops of human state.
3. Not easily held; liable or apt to slip away. The slipp'ry god will try to loose his hold.
4. Not standing firm, as slippery standers.
5. Unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain; as the slippery state of kings.
6. Not certain in its effect; as a slippery trick.
7. Lubrious; wanton; unchaste.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide; "slippery sidewalks"; "a slippery bar of soap"; "the streets are still slippy from the rain" [syn: slippery, slippy] [ant: nonslippery]
2: not to be trusted; "how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee [syn: slippery, tricky]

Merriam Webster's

adjective (slipperier; -est) Etymology: alteration of Middle English slipper Date: circa 1500 1. a. causing or tending to cause something to slide or fall <slippery roads> b. tending to slip from the grasp <a slippery fish> 2. a. not firmly fixed ; unstable b. not precise or fixed in meaning ; ambiguous, elusive 3. not to be trusted ; tricky slipperiness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 difficult to hold firmly because of smoothness, wetness, sliminess, or elusive motion. 2 (of a surface) difficult to stand on, causing slips by its smoothness or muddiness. 3 unreliable, unscrupulous, shifty. 4 (of a subject) requiring tactful handling. Phrases and idioms: slippery elm 1 the N. American red elm, Ulmus fulva. 2 the medicinal inner bark of this. slippery slope a course leading to disaster. Derivatives: slipperily adv. slipperiness n. Etymology: prob. coined by Coverdale (1535) after Luther's schlipfferig, MHG slipferig f. slipfern, slipfen f. Gmc: partly f. slipper slippery (now dial.) f. OE slipor f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Slippery Slip"per*y, a. [See Slipper, a.] 1. Having the quality opposite to adhesiveness; allowing or causing anything to slip or move smoothly, rapidly, and easily upon the surface; smooth; glib; as, oily substances render things slippery. 2. Not affording firm ground for confidence; as, a slippery promise. The slippery tops of human state. --Cowley. 3. Not easily held; liable or apt to slip away. The slippery god will try to loose his hold. --Dryden. 4. Liable to slip; not standing firm. --Shak. 5. Unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain; inconstant; fickle. ``The slippery state of kings.'' --Denham. 6. Uncertain in effect. --L'Estrange. 7. Wanton; unchaste; loose in morals. --Shak. Slippery elm. (Bot.) (a) An American tree (Ulmus fulva) with a mucilagenous and slightly aromatic inner bark which is sometimes used medicinally; also, the inner bark itself. (b) A malvaceous shrub (Fremontia Californica); -- so called on the Pacific coast.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Something that is slippery is smooth, wet, or oily and is therefore difficult to walk on or to hold. The tiled floor was wet and slippery... Motorists were warned to beware of slippery conditions. ADJ 2. You can describe someone as slippery if you think that they are dishonest in a clever way and cannot be trusted. He is a slippery customer, and should be carefully watched. ADJ [disapproval] 3. If someone is on a slippery slope, they are involved in a course of action that is difficult to stop and that will eventually lead to failure or trouble. The company started down the slippery slope of believing that they knew better than the customer. PHRASE: N inflects, usu down/on PHR, oft PHR to n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Smooth, glib. 2. Unstable, uncertain, changeable, mutable, unsteady, shaky, insecure, perilous, unsafe. 3. Treacherous, perfidious, faithless, knavish, dishonest, false, cunning, shifty, elusive. 4. Wanton, incontinent, unchaste, false, unfaithful.

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