\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

Markle appeared yesterday in a sleek white shift dress, paired with none other than Princess Diana's earrings—perhaps Markle's way of paying tribute to her husband's later mother after announcing her own coming motherhood. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Chose a Blazer by Her Friend Serena Williams for the Second Day of the Royal Tour of Australia," 16 Oct. 2018 The 31-year-old has carried his more refined and sleek looks into his men’s clothing line, WHT Space. Jamie Lisanti,, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 In a new promo for House of Cards season 6, Claire sits in the Lincoln Monument's massive chair, looking sleek. Rebecca Farley,, "Robin Wright Is Presidential In First HOC Promo Since Kevin Spacey Scandal," 5 July 2018 There are lots and lots of different Pi cases available, from cheap, creaky plastic numbers to sleeker aluminum versions to specialty cases with active cooling systems. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: One-upping the NES Classic Edition with the Raspberry Pi 3 and RetroPie," 30 June 2018 Coach Alvin Gentry restructured the team around its other All-Star big man, Anthony Davis, and made it into a faster, sleeker unit that better fits in the modern NBA. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: Predicting the NBA’s offseason, Becky Hammon’s future," 29 June 2018 Stainless steel appliances match the silver cabinet handles and add a polished look the sleek space. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Modern meets antique. This Norton Commons cottage is the perfect combo," 21 June 2018 There are also 15 treatment rooms, some with views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral; five of the spaces are dedicated to luxury brands like La Prairie, Sisley-Paris and Dior, which has modeled its sleek space after its spa at the Plaza Athénée in Paris. Rachel Felder, New York Times, "How to Cure the Makeup Counter Blues," 23 May 2018 Owners Dan and Hannah Carruthers have designed a sleek, European-looking space that’s awash with white and tan hues, giving it a subtle feel without all those neon-bright colors found at American eateries these days. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Special sandwiches: Tasso exhibits global flair with deli fare | Idaho Statesman," 26 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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