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

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

Antonyms: Adjective

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

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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

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 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 Kylie Jenner loves experimenting with her hair—she's gone from brown to black to blue, but has always kept it super long and sleek...until now! Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Celeb Beauty," 6 Jan. 2014

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Their pieces are sleek and emphasize comfort while still looking delicate and feminine. Indya Brown, The Cut, "14 Delightful Pajamas for Hot Summer Nights," 24 May 2018 Some are sleek, others are quirky, but all will help tidy up a key part of your home. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "It’s time to tidy up your mail, trinkets, and shoes," 27 Apr. 2018 For starters, its two-tone white and gray exterior is sleek in a more subdued way, a noticeable departure from the aluminum panels that make traditional Airstreams look like shiny silver train cars. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "The All-New Fiberglass Airstream Nest," 23 Apr. 2018 Its body was sleek with no lesions or visible parasites. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "8 months after farmed-fish escape, lively Atlantic salmon caught 40 miles upriver," 20 Apr. 2018 This barn home in Upper Kirby is sleek on the inside The home, listed for $1.775 million, was built in 1912 and updated in 1993 and 1998. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "1912 Heights bungalow listed at more than $1.7 million," 19 Apr. 2018 My first visit in February confirmed that the Line was indeed as sleek as my friends and restaurant critics had suggested. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Why restaurants became so loud — and how to fight back," 18 Apr. 2018 To copy the look at home, pull hair back into a sleek ponytail using a small, clear elastic (or one that matches your hair color exactly). Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Meghan Markle Styling Her Own Hair?," 31 Jan. 2019 Instead of sombreros, their low, sleek ponytails (anything else gets caught in the sequins on their jackets) are adorned with a beribboned bow that’s nearly the size of a football. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018

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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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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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