\ 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 silky (audio) \ adverb
silkiness \ ˈsil-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce silky (audio) \ noun

Examples of silky in a Sentence

The cat has a silky coat. The material has a silky feel.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s filled with deceptive hesitations, slithery layups, silky step-back jumpers, electric fast break finishes and so many other moves designed to humiliate defenders on the path to bucket-getting glory. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Andrew Jones sets the tone in No. 13 Texas' win over TCU," 13 Feb. 2021 Despite its high proof, expect a silky spirit that goes down so smooth. Kat Odell, Vogue, "9 New Woman-Founded Spirits Brands to Get and Gift This New Year," 21 Dec. 2020 Usually, the pasta’s silky texture comes from a starchy mixture of pasta water and pecorino Romano. Soleil Ho,, "One of the Bay Area’s most captivating pizzerias is a Roman spot where airy, bubbly crusts reign," 21 Jan. 2021 Etro's paisley took on a casual flair, in silky tops or baggy trousers paired with crossbody bags and baseball caps. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Prada intros anti-uniform during all-digital Fashion Week," 17 Jan. 2021 Less devoted seafood fans should try the khao tom pla ($16), a popular Thai street dish reminiscent of an unfinished congee, with silky slips of black cod and whole grains of soft jasmine rice floating in an intense and comforting ginger broth. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s most exclusive restaurants now serves delicious noodle soups: Takeout diaries," 13 Jan. 2021 Coating your strands in a silky deep conditioner or hair mask regularly can help to prevent damage while detangling strands, according to GH Beauty Lab pros. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "15 Simple Ways to Make Your Hair Grow Longer, Faster, According to Experts," 23 Dec. 2020 However, combining Bode’s New World signature with Charvet’s silky European essential is just as thrilling (and far less expensive) as a first-class trip across the Atlantic. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "From Jackie O to Rihanna, the Ultimate Guide to Classic Style," 21 Dec. 2020 True Botanical's silky cleanser is a potent mix of oils, namely soothing jojoba seed, hydrating apricot kernel, and Ayurvedic favorite healing sesame seed, that work together to melt away makeup and grime to squeaky-clean effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Cleansing Oil Is the Secret to Glowing Skin This Winter," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of silky

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

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26 Feb 2021

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“Silky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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