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 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 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 In the first look photos released by The CW, Winn is seen leaping into action in his sleek and futuristic Legion of Super-Heroes suit and mask to save the day alongside Alex (Chyler Leigh), Nia (Nicole Maines), and Brainy (Jesse Rath). Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Jeremy Jordan returns to Supergirl: Check out first look photos of Winn's new superhero suit," 22 Jan. 2020 Samsung’s sleek and versatile microwave oven is a one-stop solution for fast, experimental cooking. Popular Science, "The best microwaves for a fast-paced lifestyle," 22 Jan. 2020 While the museum’s newish modern building is sleek and attractive, the show is in the old building across the street, which is accessed only by a long trek underground, down stairs, up stairs, through winding corridors. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 The Peppermate Traditional Pepper Mill is sleek and contemporary looking, made of ceramic with a side crank. Washington Post, "9 essential gadgets worth the real estate in your kitchen," 6 Jan. 2020 And now, the Fisker Ocean has been unveiled to the public, fully revealing the sleek and sporty stature of the all-electric crossover with a starting price point of $37,499. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Fisker Ocean Electric Crossover Makes Splashy Debut," 5 Jan. 2020 However, the building's exterior already looks sleek from the street. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Before opening night, a look inside new VBC music venue," 3 Jan. 2020 For her hair and makeup, Kravitz also went the route of sleek and classic with a simple low bun and a white headband adorned with an itty bitty bow to match her wedding dress. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Zoë Kravitz Finally Revealed Her Wedding Dress, Hair, & Makeup From Last Summer," 3 Jan. 2020 The new shape is sleek and distinctive, with a long hood and short rear deck. Mark Phelan, Freep.com, "Free Press Car of the Year: 2020 Chevrolet Corvette delivers on decades of promises," 29 Dec. 2019

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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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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sleek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleek. Accessed 17 Feb. 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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