sleek

verb
\ ˈslēk How to pronounce sleek (audio) \
sleeked; sleeking; sleeks

Definition of sleek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : slick grooms sleeking cooled horsesSunset
2 : to cover up : gloss over

sleek

adjective

Definition of sleek (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : smooth and glossy as if polished sleek dark hair
b : having a smooth well-groomed look sleek cattle
c : healthy-looking
2 : smooth in speech or manner also : unctuous
3a : having a prosperous air sleek luxury condominiums
b : having trim graceful lines a sleek car
c : elegant, stylish a sleek wardrobe

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Other Words from sleek

Adjective

sleekly adverb
sleekness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sleek

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

sleek, slick, glossy mean having a smooth bright surface or appearance. sleek suggests a smoothness or brightness resulting from attentive grooming or physical conditioning. a sleek racehorse slick suggests extreme smoothness that results in a slippery surface. slipped and fell on the slick floor glossy suggests a highly reflective surface. photographs having a glossy finish

Examples of sleek in a Sentence

Adjective the sleek lines of a sports car a striking beauty with sleek raven hair
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Will sleek new scenery and a new star, Aaron Paul, be enough to win back those put off by the show’s convoluted story? Jonathan Wolfe, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Bernie Sanders, Dinosaurs: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing," 11 Mar. 2020 Opt for these whimsical pearls to sleek gold finds in sculptural shape. James Love, Essence, "Shop This Seasons Hottest Statement Jewelry," 18 Dec. 2019 From bright, bold colors and printed knapsacks to sleek leather pieces, there's an option for any type of personality and style. Teen Vogue, "19 Trendy Backpacks for the 2019 School Year," 5 Aug. 2019 From high- and low-waist bikinis to sleek one-pieces in colors like navy, red, black, and dusty pink, there's a little something for everyone. Glamour, "Hatch Is Releasing New Maternity Swimwear—Just in Time for Summer," 30 Apr. 2019 On Rain Boot These ankle boots are high enough to keep dirt out and sleek enough to wear plenty of places outside the garden. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "14 of the Best Gardening Boots, Clogs, and Shoes You Can Buy on Amazon," 29 May 2018 On Rain Boot These ankle boots are high enough to keep dirt out and sleek enough to wear plenty of places outside the garden. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "14 of the Best Gardening Boots, Clogs, and Shoes You Can Buy on Amazon," 29 May 2018 On Rain Boot These ankle boots are high enough to keep dirt out and sleek enough to wear plenty of places outside the garden. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "14 of the Best Gardening Boots, Clogs, and Shoes You Can Buy on Amazon," 29 May 2018 On Rain Boot These ankle boots are high enough to keep dirt out and sleek enough to wear plenty of places outside the garden. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "14 of the Best Gardening Boots, Clogs, and Shoes You Can Buy on Amazon," 29 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This sleek, easy to use toaster oven is among our favorites. Valerie Li Stack, USA TODAY, "These clever kitchen gadgets are all on sale at Amazon right now," 14 Oct. 2020 In making its announcement, the Navy displayed renderings of a sleek new building that appeared to be on or adjacent to the historic yard on M Street SE. Washington Post, "Navy announces plans for new flagship museum in Washington," 13 Oct. 2020 Amazon’s signature e-reader that holds thousands of titles in one sleek, glare-proof display is now on sale for £39 off. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Your A to Z guide to the best Amazon Prime Day Deals in the UK," 13 Oct. 2020 Shoes Upgrade your running gear, slip into some sleek boots, or lean into loafers for fall with Amazon's lengthy list of discounted shoes for a limited time only. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Best Amazon Prime Day Deals 2020: 47 Fashion Deals to Snatch Up Immediately," 13 Oct. 2020 This sleek container is thin enough to fit in your pocket. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "I Am Obsessed With Disinfecting My Hands Thanks to Sanitizer Spray," 12 Oct. 2020 The bathrooms, for example, are mainly marble, white tile and glass with sleek contemporary fixtures. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "110-acre Howell Township property comes with timber-frame home, ponds, collector's garage," 10 Oct. 2020 After two years of delays, a sleek new passenger ferry began plying the Mississippi River between Algiers Point and Canal Street on Saturday, in sailings that are faster, calmer and better for the environment. Katy Reckdahl, NOLA.com, "Finally! A new ferry sails between Canal Street and Algiers Point," 10 Oct. 2020 That isn’t to say anything about its sleek aluminum chassis and glowing blue ports. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Electronics and exercise gear that make excellent gifts," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sleek

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sleek

Verb

Middle English sleken, alteration of sliken — more at slick entry 2

Adjective

alteration of slick entry 1

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The first known use of sleek was in the 15th century

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“Sleek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleek. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for sleek

sleek

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sleek

: straight and smooth in design or shape
: smooth and shiny
: stylish and attractive

sleek

adjective
\ ˈslēk How to pronounce sleek (audio) \
sleeker; sleekest

Kids Definition of sleek

1 : smooth and glossy as if polished sleek dark hair
2 : having a healthy well-groomed look sleek cattle
3 : straight and smooth in design or shape a sleek jet
4 : stylish and elegant a sleek actress

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