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

Lodgings range from the sleek and modern Aurora Hotel to the 1920s Hotel Atwater, which is just completing a multi-million-dollar renovation. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian, "The 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019," 6 June 2019 But Apple is back with a 6K monitor that has a sleek and streamlined design and, by the sound of it, could even be better than top-of-the-line televisions. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "WWDC 2019 Was the Most Important Apple Developer Event in Recent Memory," 4 June 2019 Animals are the result of thousands of years of evolution, generally giving them sleek and enviable designs. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic Sloth Is Purposely Slow," 30 May 2019 But its makers, who were contracted by the Gates Foundation to develop this model, also had modern design in mind: A sleek, black-and-white prototype includes a touchpad for the flush and a container that can be detached to dump out excess water. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "Flush With Ideas: Bill Gates Pursues the Toilet of the Future," 9 Nov. 2018 But because Becca contains multitudes and likes options in men and hair, wearing her hair sleek is never off the table. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Unlikely Connection Between Meghan Markle and Becca Kufrin," 8 Aug. 2018 The video makes endless biblical references and pitches Kylie as the modern-day Virgin Mary—if the Virgin Mary had worn a bedazzled bodysuit and a sleek up-do while doing her thing. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner in Travis Scott's New Music Video Is a Golden Goddess," 7 Aug. 2018 Not far away, a sleek, chic sun-room shows off with tall French exits that open to the rear grounds, seamlessly integrating the estate’s gorgeous outdoor gathering areas with the home’s distinctive interior. Paula Hubbs Cohen, azcentral, "Marvelous… Magical… Absolutely Magnificent," 18 Apr. 2018 But Oris has matched a sleek bronze case with a sea-green dial. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "The Best Watches of 2018," 18 Dec. 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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