slippery Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"slippery" in British English

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slipperyadjective

uk   /ˈslɪp.ər.i/  us   /-ɚ-/
C1 If something is slippery, it is ​wet or ​smooth so that it ​slideseasily or ​causes something to ​slide: slippery ​soap a slippery ​floor The ​road was ​wet and slippery. informal disapproving Someone who is slippery cannot be ​trusted: He's as slippery as an ​eel - you can never get a ​straightanswer out of him. He's a slippery customer (= ​person), and I've never ​feltcomfortable with him.
(Definition of slippery from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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slipperyadjective

 us   /ˈslɪp·ə·ri/
slidingeasily or causing something to ​slide because of being ​wet, ​smooth, or ​oily: The ​sidewalks were slippery with ​ice. Slippery also ​means not ​certain: Choosing the ​perfectjuror can be a slippery ​matter. infml A ​person who is slippery is someone you ​feel you cannot ​trust: He is a slippery ​fellow, ​full of ​schemes.
(Definition of slippery from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “slippery”
in Arabic زَلِق…
in Korean 미끄러운…
in Portuguese escorregadio…
in Catalan relliscós, esmunyedís…
in Japanese 滑りやすい, つるつるした…
in Chinese (Simplified) 湿滑的,容易打滑的, 狡猾的,滑头的…
in Turkish kaygan…
in Russian скользкий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 濕滑的,容易打滑的, 狡猾的,滑頭的…
in Italian scivoloso…
in Polish śliski…
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