slicker

slicker
   Robert Chapman, in his Dictionary of American Slang, defines ‘slicker’ as either a confidence trickster or ‘a socially smooth and superficially attractive person’. He does not make the link with ‘city-slicker’, used of a smart urbanite, especially when compared with a provincial or hillbilly. That link is clearly present in the following pasage from War Brides, by Lois Battle: ‘Will you be okay going barefoot?’ ‘Now aren’t you jest the city mouse! Why, the soles of my feet are as tough as nails. And would you believe I’d never heard of hillbillies ‘til I came here. Get a move on, slicker. And watch out for yer pants, there’s a lot of brambles.’

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  • Slicker — Slick er, n. That which makes smooth or sleek. Specifically: (a) A kind of burnisher for leather. (b) (Founding) A curved tool for smoothing the surfaces of a mold after the withdrawal of the pattern. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slicker — Slick er, n. A waterproof coat. [Western U.S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slicker — (n.) waterproof raincoat, 1884, from SLICK (Cf. slick) (v.); sense of clever and crafty person is from 1900 …   Etymology dictionary

  • slicker — [slik′ər] n. [ SLICK, adj. + ER ] ☆ 1. a loose, waterproof coat made of oil treated cloth ☆ 2. Informal a tricky, cleverly deceptive person …   English World dictionary

  • slicker — UK [ˈslɪkə(r)] / US [ˈslɪkər] noun [countable] Word forms slicker : singular slicker plural slickers American a coat worn for keeping out the rain, usually made of rubber or plastic …   English dictionary

  • slicker — slicker1 slickered, adj. /slik euhr/, n. 1. a long, loose oilskin raincoat. 2. any raincoat. 3. Informal. a. a swindler; a sly cheat. b. See city slicker. [1880 85; SLICK1 + ER1] …   Universalium

  • slicker — noun a) A waterproof coat or jacket. b) A person who is perceived as clever, urbane and possibly disreputable. (abbreviation of city slicker.) …   Wiktionary

  • slicker — noun Slicker is used after these nouns: ↑city …   Collocations dictionary

  • slicker — Synonyms and related words: abradant, abrasive, bunco artist, bunco steerer, burnish, cardsharp, cardsharper, carpetbagger, cheat, cheater, city slicker, con artist, con man, confidence man, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, crimp, defrauder, diddler,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • slicker — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. raincoat, waterproof, poncho, oilcoat, oilskin; informal, swindler. See clothing. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A deceptive person] Syn. cheat, trickster, sharper, city slicker; see rascal . 2. [A raincoat]… …   English dictionary for students

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