Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Smooth and lustrous as if polished; glossy.
  • adjective In good health and having smooth or glossy hair, fur, or skin.
  • adjective Able to or designed to move efficiently through air or water; streamlined.
  • adjective Thin and elegant in design.
  • adjective Polished or smooth in manner, especially in an unctuous way; slick.
  • transitive verb To make sleek; slick.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a sleek or slick manner; with ease and dexterity; neatly; skilfully.
  • To make smooth and glossy on the surface: as, to sleek or slick the hair.
  • Technically— In currying and leather-dressing, to smooth the surface of (leather) by rubbing with an implement called a slicker.
  • In hat-making, to attach (fur) to felt by hand-work.
  • To smooth; remove roughness from.
  • Figuratively, to calm; soothe.
  • To move in a smooth manner; glide; sweep. Compare slike.
  • Smooth; glossy; soft: as, sleek hair; a sleek skin.
  • Oily; plausible; insinuating; flattering: as, a sleek rogue; a sleek tongue.
  • Dexterous; skilful; neat in execution or action: as, a sleek or slick bowler.
  • noun A smooth, shining place or spot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Low With ease and dexterity.
  • adjective Having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy.
  • adjective Not rough or harsh.
  • transitive verb To make even and smooth; to render smooth, soft, and glossy; to smooth over.
  • noun rare That which makes smooth; varnish.
  • noun A slick.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy; as, sleek hair.
  • adjective Not rough or harsh.
  • adverb With ease and dexterity.
  • verb To make smooth or glossy; to polish or cause to be attractive.
  • noun That which makes smooth; varnish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
  • adjective well-groomed and neatly tailored; especially too well-groomed
  • adjective designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow
  • verb make slick or smooth

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Variant of slick.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late variant of slick.

Examples

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    November 2, 2007