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, 11 Mar. 2020 Opt for these whimsical pearls to sleek gold finds in sculptural shape. James Love, Essence, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The brush is available in five pretty colors — black, white, pink, deep purple, and navy blue — that'll look sleek on your bathroom sink. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Overall: Manages to transform from klutzy but promising on the nose to sleek and sophisticated on the palate. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Most controls surrounding the system are of the capacitive-touch variety, which look sleek but attract their fair share of fingerprints. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 10 Aug. 2021 They're made to last and look sleek in a kitchen, especially in the red or blue colors that give them a vintage vibe. Medea Giordan, Wired, 22 June 2021 The follow-up shifts away from the original’s small-town, homespun charm to become a sleek, globetrotting action-thriller focusing on Lightning McQueen’s country-bumpkin sidekick. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 18 June 2021 The space boasts a mix of ballrooms and meeting spaces — all with distinct interiors that range from ceilings dripping with assorted flowers to sleek white walls. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, 27 May 2021 That is a rare human virtue, as the Maryland artist suggests with the show’s four other pieces, minimalist sculptures that juxtapose sleek steel with decaying organic substances. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 In theory, that’s no problem: the vacation rental site is chock full of incredible homes, from modernist Los Angeles mansions, to Joshua Tree abodes , to sleek upstate New York cabins. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 6 Apr. 2021

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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 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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