Definition of slipperiness in English:



mass noun
  • The quality or state of being slippery.

    ‘a play about the slipperiness of language’
    • ‘I believe that New Zealanders all over this country are appalled by the slipperiness and deviousness with which this Government is undertaking this issue, and we will hold it to account.’
    • ‘Pedestrians are forced to suffer the burden of consequent slipperiness because the heavier ice-clearing equipment can't manoeuvre on the city's 3,500 kilometres of sidewalks.’
    • ‘I say that's just a case of political slipperiness because if the Government had felt that they needed to be adjusted or improved in any sense, they've had six years to do that.’
    • ‘Though they are closely linked in the public mind as indicative of the slipperiness of politicians, issues of promise-keeping, truth-telling and trustworthiness can and ought to be separated.’
    • ‘A similar dishonest slipperiness was evident in the government's response to an earlier complaint by the Opposition of breach of the caretaker convention.’
    smoothness, slickness, greasiness, oiliness, iciness, glassiness
    evasiveness, unreliability, unpredictability
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