slippery Definition

  • 1difficult to hold, move, or stand on because it is smooth, wet, or slimy
  • 2not to be trusted; devious

Using slippery: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "slippery" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The roads were slippery after the rain.

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    The soap made the floor very slippery.

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    He's a slippery character and can't be trusted.

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    The politician gave a slippery answer to the question.

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    The fish was so slippery that I couldn't hold onto it.

slippery Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for slippery

Phrases with slippery

  • a course of action that seems to lead inevitably from one action or result to another with unintended consequences


    Allowing people to carry guns in public places is a slippery slope that could lead to more violence.

  • a person who is difficult to deal with or who cannot be trusted


    Watch out for him, he's a slippery customer.

  • a warning sign indicating that a surface is likely to be slippery when it is wet


    The sign said 'Slippery When Wet', so we walked carefully.


Summary: slippery in Brief

The term 'slippery' [ˈslɪpəri] describes something that is difficult to hold, move, or stand on due to being smooth, wet, or slimy. It can also refer to a person who is not to be trusted or is devious. Examples include 'The roads were slippery after the rain.' and 'He's a slippery character and can't be trusted.' Phrases like 'a slippery slope' indicate a course of action with unintended consequences.

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