\ ˈsil-kē How to pronounce silky (audio) \
silkier; silkiest

Definition of silky

b : smooth or fluid in motion silky dance moves
2 : having or covered with fine soft hairs, plumes, or scales

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Other Words from silky

silkily \ ˈsil-​kə-​lē How to pronounce silkily (audio) \ adverb
silkiness \ ˈsil-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce silkiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of silky in a Sentence

The cat has a silky coat. The material has a silky feel.

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July 2016 Kylie once even paired a diamond ring with silky pjs. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Every Time Kylie Jenner Sparked Engagement Rumors With Diamond Rings," 6 Jan. 2019 So why not make use of this precious healing period to, say, work on perfecting that healthy glow or achieving those silky-soft strands? Teen Vogue, "These 10 Overnight Masks Will Help Elevate Your Beauty Sleep," 13 Mar. 2019 Nearly Invisible— which features Flawless Edge design and silky-smooth fabric that blends into the skin for an invisible look under clothes. Vogue, "The True History of the Ultimate Wardrobe Essential—Your Bra," 11 Mar. 2019 Get the look: Your skin will love the silky sensation of Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Oil ($72). Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "9 Pretty Spring 2019 Makeup Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 5 Mar. 2019 Nick, on the other hand, donned a silky navy blue suit and bow tie. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attend the Oscars Party Where They First Met," 25 Feb. 2019 The crunchy taffeta and faille skirts, a hallmark of the house, are reinterpreted as silky palazzo pants or georgette ruffles, better made for lounging and dancing. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Often referred to as the golden fiber because of its silky nature, it's primarily found in Bangladesh and India. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "What is a Jute Rug?," 20 Feb. 2019 These two textures work together cohesively, creating a silky lather of micelles and oil, which melt away the most stubborn makeup, without feeling too harsh on the skin. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Glossier's New $12 Milky Oil Will Change the Way You Take off Your Makeup," 19 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of silky

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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English Language Learners Definition of silky

: made of silk or of material that is soft, smooth, and shiny like silk
: smooth, soft, and shiny like silk
of food : smooth, soft, and rich


\ ˈsil-kē How to pronounce silky (audio) \
silkier; silkiest

Kids Definition of silky

1 : soft and smooth silky fur
2 : agreeably smooth a silky voice

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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