\ˈsil-kē \
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 \ adverb
silkiness \ˈsil-kē-nəs \ noun

Examples of silky in a Sentence

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

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This incredibly silky wine had jammy fruit, including blackberry and plum, plus floral notes, spice, cocoa powder, black pepper and 15.1 percent alcohol. Michael Austin,, "15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you're grilling," 23 May 2018 And for a textbook example of how to wear the hell out of some silky satin, there is perhaps no better reference point than this Harden pre-game fit. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "James Harden Is the MVP—of Matching His Shirt to His Shorts," 2 May 2018 The short rib is both fatty (but not too fatty) and very tender, which packs a lot of favor into each bite, and the chicken is silky or buttery in texture, the two best barbecue options. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Where to try Hawaiian plate lunches on the mainland," 28 June 2018 The other wines ranged from the crisp and excellent 2016 Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko ($18) to the silky and seductive 2015 Bodegas Chacra Cincuenta y Cinco Pinot Noir ($49), both 95-point bottlings. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "What Savvy Wine Buyers Should Know About the Points System," 3 May 2018 The ham was salty, the carrots kind of sweet, the leeks silky and faintly oniony. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Pasta with Ham, Leeks and Carrots," 26 Apr. 2012 Cuddledown’s 400 thread count sateen ( are silky, light-weight, certified eco-friendly, and come in a stunning array of colors. Karen Campbell,, "Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide," 12 July 2018 As the moisture slowly evaporates, the meat shrinks and its texture changes, becoming soft, silky, and tender. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "The Best Hamburgers Start with Dry-Aged Beef," 28 May 2018 He and his voice have been described as aloof, eerily neutral, silky, wheedling, controlled, baleful, unisex, droll, soft, conversational, dreamy, supremely calm and rational. Gerry Flahive, New York Times, "The Story of a Voice: HAL in ‘2001’ Wasn’t Always So Eerily Calm," 30 Mar. 2018

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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 \
silkier; silkiest

Kids Definition of silky

1 : soft and smooth silky fur

2 : agreeably smooth a silky voice

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