\ˈslēk \
sleeked; sleeking; sleeks

Definition of sleek 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : slick grooms sleeking cooled horsesSunset

2 : to cover up : gloss over



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


sleekly adverb
sleekness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sleek

Synonyms: Adjective

buffed, burnished, glistening, glossy, lustrous, polished, rubbed, satin, satiny

Antonyms: Adjective

dim, dull, flat, lusterless, matte (also mat)

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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


the sleek lines of a sports car a striking beauty with sleek raven hair

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, "15 Best Gardening Boots, Clogs, And Shoes You Can Buy On Amazon," 4 Apr. 2017 Others have sleek, space-age pods — like something for a long galactic journey. Angela Hill, The Mercury News, "Feeling stressed? Sore? A little crazed? ‘Floating’ takes you away," 18 Apr. 2017 The clean and open-concept floorplan at 6801 Saint Andrews Court is fit to accommodate any style décor — from formal and traditional to sleek and contemporary. Star-telegram,, "Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | New on the Market," 14 May 2017 Hair sleeked back into a long ponytail, JLo rocked an edgy black lacy cutout, with skin showing in just the right places — just about everywhere. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "J.Lo slays with not one, but two dresses at Latin Billboards," 28 Apr. 2017 As the city succumbs to sleek glass monuments to hedge-fund hegemony, 17 remains a boho vestige and a precarious homage to the creative churn that made Greenwich Village famous from Los Angeles to Laos. Mary Kaye Schilling, New York Times, "The New York Building Inhabited Entirely by Creative People," 17 Apr. 2017 The 42-year-old stunned on the red carpet with her hair partially sleeked back into a massive, flowing mane. Char Adams,, "Mel B Shows Off Slim Figure in Bright Pink Dress During America's Got Talent Photocall," 5 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Brenner added that the Acorns card’s weight and sleek design is meant to impart a sense of status in the same way as the Chase card or the American Express Centurion charge card, known as the black card. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The Latest Must-Have for Millennials? Fancy Debit Cards," 1 July 2018 Into this nest of mild-mannered entitlement — most of the action takes place in Jules and Pam’s sleek Brooklyn apartment — comes Henry, a transgender man whom Ezra knew in childhood as Helen. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles," 25 June 2018 But despite its sleek design and international pedigree, Molino el Pujol is one of the most traditional expressions of Mexican food there is: a humble tortilleria. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "In a Land of Tortilla Factories, Enrique Olvera’s New Tortilleria Is Doing It Old School," 20 June 2018 This snazzy electric one has a sleek design with a comforting roundness to not look too intimidating. The Cut, "27 Luxury Father’s Day Gifts for the Dad Who Has Everything," 14 June 2018 With its sleek design, comprehensive fitness capabilities, GPS navigation, and NFC payments, the 3 more than held its own against the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Fitbit Ionic. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin’s new Vivoactive 3 Music is the best competitor to the Apple Watch," 13 June 2018 Previous episodes have hinted at his suffering some terminal disease, and this one suggested that his sleek apartment was a sort of lab, a holding cell sealing him off from the world as doctors searched for a cure. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Westworld and the Question of Immortality," 13 May 2018 As a brand with sleek designs at affordable prices, Asos is perfect for summer outings, and Kate has been seen in it several times. Sarah Shoen, Vanities, "8 Kate and Pippa Middleton-Inspired Mother’s Day Gifts," 4 May 2018 Our room was done up in a sleek modern design—a manifestation of the family’s forward-thinking approach to hospitality. Laura Itzkowitz, Vogue, "To Experience the True French “Art de Vivre,” You Need to Get Out of Paris," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sleek


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


1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sleek


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


alteration of slick entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sleek

: straight and smooth in design or shape

: smooth and shiny

: stylish and attractive


\ˈslēk \
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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