slippery Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective 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
  2. adjective satellite not to be trusted
    • how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee


Slip"per*y adjective
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.

Webster 1913