\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Find silky dresses and textiles from Central America at Manumaya, a store that pays homage to owner Manuela Gouveia's love and passion for Guatemala. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Exploring Alentejo, Portugal's Best-Kept Secret," 23 Dec. 2019 The cream turns into a rich sauce and the cheese gets bubbly-brown; the greens towards the top burnish (kale chips!) but those underneath stay silky-soft. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Why Is Cheddar Cheese Orange Sometimes?," 17 Dec. 2019 Chopra wore a silky red wrap dress and paired it with brown accessories that were in the same color family: a tanned leather top-handle bag and suede knee-high boots, both chic companions for fall. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Upgrade Their Couple’s Style," 22 Oct. 2019 Her voice can be described as smooth and silky as Dinah Washington’s and Ella Fitzgerald’s, but with the raw beauty of Billie Holiday. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "Local singer Evelyn Wright has performed across the country but truly believes Cleveland is the best location for jazz," 17 Oct. 2019 Isabella Lynch wore white go-go boots and a silky black dress to represent Ariana Grande, while Abby Stewart wore bright colors and a flowy black jumpsuit to represent the 80's. Brooke Coughlan,, "Cappies reviews for 'Godspell' by Roger Bacon High School," 22 July 2019 In the four years since bedding company Brooklinen launched, the brand's earned a cult following for its silky-soft sheets and comforters, all sold at prices that seemed too good to be true. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's Why The Prices Of Brooklinen's Cotton Sheets Are Increasing," 4 Sep. 2018 The country superstar made her return to the 2019 AMAs wearing a silky beige shirt with flared sleeves and built-in neck scarf, tucked into a high-waisted sequin mermaid-style skirt featuring a long train and sheer, tulle appliqués. Colleen Kratofil,, "Shania Twain Returns to the 2019 AMAs Red Carpet in Dramatic High-Shine Look," 24 Nov. 2019 One fit, in head to toe red, featured modern updates on suiting up, such as oversized lapels and a silky polo shirt in place of a classic button-up. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Harry Styles’s Saturday Night Live Appearance Was a Fashion Tour de Force," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of silky

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

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The first known use of silky was in 1611

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21 Jan 2020

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“Silky.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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