Associations to the word «Slippery»


SLIPPERY, adjective. 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.
SLIPPERY, adjective. (figuratively) (by extension) Evasive; difficult to pin down.
SLIPPERY, adjective. (obsolete) Liable to slip; not standing firm.
SLIPPERY, adjective. Unstable; changeable; inconstant.
SLIPPERY, adjective. (obsolete) Wanton; unchaste; loose in morals.
SLIPPERY AS AN EEL, adjective. (simile) (colloquial) So slippery that it is almost impossible to hold with one's hands
SLIPPERY AS AN EEL, adjective. (idiomatic) (simile) (colloquial) (of a person) So crafty, or cunning that they cannot be caught by the police, although it is known that they are acting illegally.
SLIPPERY ELM, noun. Ulmus rubra, a North American elm tree with a mucilaginous and slightly aromatic inner bark.
SLIPPERY ELM, noun. A malvaceous shrub (Fremontia californica, now Fremontodendron californicum); so called on the Pacific coast.
SLIPPERY ELMS, noun. Plural of slippery elm
SLIPPERY JACK, noun. A mushroom in genus Suillus, family Boletaceae, especially Suillus luteus; boletes, they have no gills, but release spores from tubes ending in open pores.
SLIPPERY JACKS, noun. Plural of slippery jack
SLIPPERY NIPPLE, noun. A layered cocktail shooter most commonly made with Baileys Irish Cream and sambuca.
SLIPPERY SLOPE, noun. (idiomatic) A chain of events that, once initiated, cannot be halted; especially one in which the final outcome is undesirable or precarious.
SLIPPERY SLOPE, noun. An argument that follows a chain of events or causes and effects to some conclusion.
SLIPPERY SLOPES, noun. Plural of slippery slope

Dictionary definition

SLIPPERY, 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".
SLIPPERY, adjective. Not to be trusted; "how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee.

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