verb \ˈslēk\

Definition of SLEEK

transitive verb
:  slick <grooms sleeking cooled horses — Sunset>
:  to cover up :  gloss over
intransitive verb
:  slick

Origin of SLEEK

Middle English sleken, alteration of sliken — more at slick
First Known Use: 15th century



: straight and smooth in design or shape

: smooth and shiny

: stylish and attractive

Full Definition of SLEEK

a :  smooth and glossy as if polished <sleek dark hair>
b :  having a smooth well-groomed look <sleek cattle>
c :  healthy-looking
:  smooth in speech or manner; also :  unctuous
a :  having a prosperous air <sleek luxury condominiums>
b :  having trim graceful lines <a sleek car>
c :  elegant, stylish <a sleek wardrobe>
sleek·ly adverb
sleek·ness noun

Examples of SLEEK

  1. the sleek lines of a sports car
  2. <a striking beauty with sleek raven hair>

Origin of SLEEK

alteration of 2slick
First Known Use: 1578

Synonym Discussion of SLEEK

sleek, slick, glossy mean having a smooth bright surface or appearance. sleek suggests a smoothness or brightness resulting from attentive grooming or physical conditioning <a sleek racehorse>. slick suggests extreme smoothness that results in a slippery surface <slipped and fell on the slick floor>. glossy suggests a highly reflective surface <photographs having a glossy finish>.


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