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   The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.  2000.
 
slippery
 
SYLLABICATION:slip·per·y
PRONUNCIATION:  slp-r
ADJECTIVE:Inflected forms: slip·per·i·er, slip·per·i·est
1. Causing or tending to cause sliding or slipping: a slippery sidewalk. 2. Tending to slip, as from one's grasp: a slippery bar of soap. 3. Not trustworthy; elusive or tricky: “How extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is” (James Agee).
ETYMOLOGY:Alteration of obsolete slipper, from Middle English, from Old English slipor. See lei- in Appendix I.
OTHER FORMS:slipper·i·nessNOUN
 
 
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