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Etymology 1[edit]

From the adjective slick.



  1. comparative form of slick: more slick

Etymology 2[edit]

From slick (to smooth or make slick) +‎ -er.


slicker (plural slickers)

  1. One who or that which slicks.
  2. A waterproof coat or jacket.
  3. A person who is perceived as clever, urbane and possibly disreputable. (abbreviation of city slicker.)
  4. (slang) A swindler or conman.
  5. A symmetrical knife with a handle at each end, used for burnishing leather.
  6. (metalworking) A curved tool for smoothing the surfaces of a mould after the withdrawal of the pattern.
  7. A two-handled tool for finishing concrete or mortar; a darby.


slicker (third-person singular simple present slickers, present participle slickering, simple past and past participle slickered)

  1. To slither, as on a slick surface.
    • 1883, Transactions of the Illinois State Horticultural Society:
      My good lady wife invited many and often her friends to a dish of cauliflower cooked as it ought to be and finely seasoned, and you ought to see how they slickered their tongues; it looked like appetite all over their faces.
    • 2013, Quinn Higgins, The Waiting Room, ISBN 1304018067, page 41:
      I carefully watched his quick emotions as they slickered in his eyes before he hid them.
    • 2015, Joshua Gaylord, When We Were Animals, ISBN 1473528011:
      That's me, a holy greased pig, slickering away out of the fumbling hands of evil.
  2. To con or hoodwink.
    • 1976, Forrest Carter & ‎Rennard Strickland, The Education of Little Tree, ISBN 0826328091, page It was at the crossroads store where I got slickered out of my fifty cents.:
    • 1979, John Greenway & ‎Susan Perl, (Please provide the book title or journal name), ISBN 0382033515, page 9:
      I knew he had been slickered again.
  3. To use a slicker on.
    • 1911, The Canadian Patent Office Record and Register of Copyrights and Trade marks, Volume 38:
      ...carbon bisulphide, chloride of sulphur and sulphur precipitating substances, the surplus rubber adhering to the hide being then slickered off and finished with a cloth dipped in a rubber solvent.
    • 1962, Central Leather Research Institute (India), Leather Science - Volume 9, page 209:
      The bends are rinsed well and slickered on both the sides to remove excess of water.
  4. To smooth or slick.
    • 2008, Preston Wilson, Tales of Finnigan LeBlanc, Prince of Mushrat, ISBN 1897508085, page 42:
      Anyway, to make a long story short, here was this young kin of mine dressed in a white shirt and shoes and pale blue shorts standin' there with his hair slickered down, starin' at me.
  5. To spread mashed manure on fields as a form of fertilization.

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