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SLIB, adj. Slippery (Lth. 1825 Jam.). Also in form slibbie, id. (Ib.; Ags. 1953). Deriv. slibber, n., slipperiness, that which causes slipperiness, slush, melting snow or the like (Sc. 1880 Jam.), adj. slibberie, slippery (Ags. 1970). Hence slibberkin, slibrikin, used attrib. as a pet or fondling name for a small, sleek creature, see 1776 quot. [′slɪb(ri)] Sc. 1776 D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 218:
And how do ye do, my little wee Nan, My lamb and slibrikin mouse?
Ags. 1953 Forfar Dispatch (22 Jan.):
Gosh, that's affa slibbery. I'll jeest fesh saut and scatter some on't.

[Slib is phs. a back-formation, influenced by Slid, from slibber(ie), Mid. Du. slibber, slime, M.L.Ger. slibber(ig), slippery.]

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