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[loo-bri-kuh s] /ˈlu brɪ kəs/

(of a surface, coating, etc.) having an oily smoothness; slippery.
unstable; shifty; fleeting.

1530s, “lascivious,” from Latin lubricus “slippery, smooth,” from lubricus “slippery” (see lubricant (adj.)). Literal meaning “slippery, oily” is from 1650s in English; figurative sense of “shifty, elusive” is from 1640s. Also lubricious (1580s).


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