- a fluorocarbon polymer with slippery, nonsticking properties; polytetrafluoroethylene.
- characterized by imperviousness to blame or criticism: a Teflon politician.
- trademark polytetrafluoroethylene, when used in nonstick cooking vessels
- facetious denoting the ability to evade blamethe Teflon president
n.commercially important synthetic polymer, 1945, proprietary name registered in U.S. by du Pont, from chemical name (poly)te(tra)fl(uoroethylene) + arbitrary ending -on; popularized as a coating of non-stick pans in 1960s; metaphoric extension, especially in reference to U.S. President Ronald Reagan, is attested from an Aug. 2, 1983, speech on the floor of Congress by Pat Schroeder.