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- Rhymes: -ɪkə(ɹ)
From the adjective slick.
slicker (plural slickers)
- One who or that which slicks.
- A waterproof coat or jacket.
- A person who is perceived as clever, urbane and possibly disreputable. (abbreviation of city slicker.)
- (slang) A swindler or conman.
- A symmetrical knife with a handle at each end, used for burnishing leather.
- (metalworking) A curved tool for smoothing the surfaces of a mould after the withdrawal of the pattern.
- A two-handled tool for finishing concrete or mortar; a darby.
- 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.
- To con or hoodwink.
- 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.
- To smooth or slick.
- To spread mashed manure on fields as a form of fertilization.