Meaning of “slick” in the English Dictionary

"slick" in British English

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uk /slɪk/ us /slɪk/

operating or performing skilfully and effectively, without problems and without seeming to need effort:

Manilow gave the slick, polished performance that we've come to expect.
A slick pass from Eaves to Brinkworth set up the goal.

disapproving skilful and effective but not sincere or honest:

It's that sort of slick sales talk that I mistrust.

slicknoun [ C ]

uk /slɪk/ us /slɪk/

slickverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /slɪk/ us /slɪk/

(Definition of “slick” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slick" in American English

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us /slɪk/

slick adjective (SKILLFUL)

operating or performing skillfully and effectively and without seeming to try hard:

Maz was such a slick fielder, one of the best in baseball.

Slick can sometimes mean skillful and effective but lacking in sincerity:

He was a slick politician with an answer for everything.

slick adjective (SMOOTH)

having a smooth, shiny surface so that you tend to slide when walking or riding on it:

roads slick with ice

slickverb [ T ]

us /slɪk/

slick verb [ T ] (SMOOTH HAIR)

to cause hair to be smooth and shiny:

His hair was slicked back.

(Definition of “slick” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"slick" in Business English

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uk /slɪk/ us MARKETING

something that is slick is clever or attractive to look at, but may not have much real meaning or any important ideas:

slick advertising/marketing/presentation The Liberal Party's slick marketing has not convinced voters.

someone who is slick has an attractive manner and is good at persuading people, but may not be sincere or moral:

He's slick and funny, but human underneath.
a slick salesman/politician
noun [ U ]

They have been criticized for the slickness of their advertising campaign.

(Definition of “slick” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)