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slicker

Syllabification: slick·er
Pronunciation: /ˈslikər
 
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Definition of slicker in English:

noun

North American
1 informal A crook or swindler.
Example sentences
  • The twist is that the rubes are hustling the slickers.
  • In the old days when bookmakers dominated betting, it was not unknown for slickers to fix a bookie's clock, making it slow.
  • She takes off with a perma-tanned Portuguese slicker who involves her in embezzlement and fraud.
1.1 short for city slicker.
Example sentences
  • The horsey quartet give city and suburb slickers a chance to play cowpoke for a week or a weekend.
  • This Oscar-winning yet somehow also habitually appalling actor plays a lovable New York slicker fired from his advertising job for faking his resumé.
  • No coach in memory did as much with less over more years, and with less recognition, than this country slicker with the curly gray hair and perpetual grimace.
2A raincoat made of smooth material.
Example sentences
  • Far gone are the days of PVC where in order to keep dry you would need to be swathed in restrictive, heavy, and inflexible plastic rain slickers.
  • She settles on insulated booties, oversize pedals, and a clear slicker, which she slips over her jersey.
  • Each page depicts a blissfully animated child engaged in colorful, lively activity: donning a bright yellow slicker, tap dancing in a black tuxedo and top hat, or striking a pose in blue denim.

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