• IPA: /ˈslɪpəɹi/, /ˈslɪpɹi/

slippery (comparative slipperier, superlative slipperiest)

  1. Of a surface, having low friction, often due to being covered in a non-viscous liquid, and therefore hard to grip, hard to stand on without falling, etc.
    Oily substances render things slippery.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Evasive; difficult to pin down.
    a slippery person
    a slippery promise
  3. (obsolete) Liable to slip; not standing firm.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, III. iii. 84:
      Which when they fall, as being slippery standers, / The love that leaned on them, as slippery too, / Do one pluck down another, and together / Die in the fall.
  4. Unstable; changeable; inconstant.
    • 1668, Sir John Denham
      He looking down
      With scorn or pity on the slippery state
      Of kings, will tread upon the neck of fate.
  5. (obsolete) Wanton; unchaste; loose in morals.
    • 1610, William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, I. ii. 273:
      My wife is slippery? If thou wilt confess –
Synonyms Antonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • German: aalglatt
  • Portuguese: liso (slang)
  • Russian: увёртливый
  • Spanish: escurridizo

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