sleek

verb
\ 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

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 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 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, star-telegram.com, "Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | New on the Market," 14 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Shedhorn lift over by Lone Mountain has also gotten a sleeker and faster overhaul, as the high-speed quad cuts the lift time in half. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 From sleek and modern to classic Swiss, there’s something for everyone. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "6 Envy-Inducing Ways to Experience the Best of Verbier," 1 Nov. 2018 And last month, at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Bell showed off a sleek, low pony tied with a basic black elastic. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kristen Bell's Chignon Pony Is a Gorgeous Updo Idea for Short Hair," 23 July 2018 His sleek, silent, S-3-X-y (get it?) Teslas make our sputtering gas-guzzlers look like Model Ts in comparison. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Let's Fire Elon Musk Into Space," 31 May 2018 Browse through our photos to see the fashions, from sleek to dramatic to dapper. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Glenville High School and Ginn Academy students celebrate 2018 prom at St. Noel's Banquet Center (photos)," 12 May 2018 In its sleek, unfussy dining room, glamour and grit sat cheek by jowl, and going to the bathroom to powder your nose could mean one of two things. New York Times, "Why Early ’80s New York Matters Today," 17 Apr. 2018 The line that runs from the doors to the rear wheels, and defines a wide channel for air flow, is the definition of sleek. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "Ford GT: American supercar splendor for only $450,000," 16 Mar. 2018 Natalia Vodianova took her tots for an invigorating countryside ride, her blonde wisps peeking out from beneath a roseate headscarf, while elsewhere, Fernanda Ly kept her pale pink hair sleek with an assemblage of bobby pins and a cool burgundy lip. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner Has a Marilyn Moment (and More!)," 2 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 \
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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