\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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Each shade is softly iridescent, rather than gaudy glittery, and also silky-sheer, meaning even the palest of skin tones can swipe on the deep berry hue without looking like a clown. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 24 Oct. 2018 Photos and videos from the performance shared on Twitter show the singer’s new cotton candy blue hair, with a blonde layer (which gets to shine when Jimin runs his fingers through his silky locks). Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Jimin from BTS Debuted Blue Hair During Berlin Concert," 17 Oct. 2018 This is aged longer than most American brandies—about 17 years—yielding a silky sipper accented with vanilla, coconut and roasted nuts. Kara Newman, WSJ, "Your New Favorite Brown Liquor," 4 Oct. 2018 The trio donned ensembles that all riffed on bright red sequins: Alana wore a sequined top with a tulle skirt; Danielle wore a silky shirt with red leather pants; and Este went full-on showgirl in a glittering minidress. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "At Dior, the Haim Sisters Prove That Matching Isn’t a Front Row Faux Pas," 25 Sep. 2018 The milkweed makeover began when researchers in Quebec transformed the plant's silky fibers into a high-end insulation material for winter clothing and advanced other commercial uses for it, like sound insulation and absorption for oil spills. Calvin Woodward, Fox News, "A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies," 31 July 2018 These turnips are in more upscale produce sections, and the white ones are super-delicate and silky. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vegetable 'evangelist' enjoys writing, talking about recipes," 6 Mar. 2018 For a very silky texture, strain the soup one last time through a fine-mesh sieve. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Silky Sweet Corn Soup with Indian Coconut-Cilantro Chutney," 11 July 2018 The product formulation was typical of La Prairie’s line — indulgent, incredibly fragrant, silky, and gorgeous. Phillip Picardi, Allure, "La Prairie's Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir Serum Is a $1200 Promise for "Newborn Skin"," 6 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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