sleek

1 of 2

verb

sleeked; sleeking; sleeks

transitive verb

1
: slick
grooms sleeking cooled horsesSunset
2
: to cover up : gloss over

sleek

2 of 2

adjective

1
a
: 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
3
a
: having a prosperous air
sleek luxury condominiums
b
: having trim graceful lines
a sleek car
c
: elegant, stylish
a sleek wardrobe
sleekly adverb
sleekness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for sleek

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

Example Sentences

Adjective the sleek lines of a sports car a striking beauty with sleek raven hair
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
With a combination of hydrating and nourishing oils, this product can be used in so many ways, either as a scalp treatment, a body oil, or to sleek down any frizz. ELLE, 21 May 2022 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, 28 Apr. 2017 The 42-year-old stunned on the red carpet with her hair partially sleeked back into a massive, flowing mane. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, 5 July 2017
Adjective
Opting for the pricier all-wheel-drive i4 M50 nets two electric motors (one at each axle), good enough to get this sleek sedan to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 13 Jan. 2023 Fellow Gallic firm Stirling Design International is responsible for the ship’s sleek exterior architecture. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2023 Amp up your sleek and chic hairstyle like Michelle Yeoh by swooping your tresses to one side. Danielle James, ELLE, 12 Jan. 2023 Rocky — with whom Ri welcomed a baby boy in May — kept it simple in a sleek tuxedo. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 11 Jan. 2023 This sleek, tie-waist option has structure, yet provides ease of movement. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 28 Dec. 2022 For travelers who prefer headphones, Bose also makes these noise-cancelling ones that look so sleek on. Meaghan Kenny, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Dec. 2022 The streamlined design makes the Ultra a sleek option. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 8 Dec. 2022 In this sleek option, geometric shapes bring an angularity, while snowy white pillows offer up a feminine touch. Leah Melby Clinton, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English sleken, alteration of sliken — more at slick entry 2

Adjective

alteration of slick entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleek was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near sleek

Cite this Entry

“Sleek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleek. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

sleek

1 of 2 verb
: to make or become sleek

sleek

2 of 2 adjective
1
a
: smooth and glossy as if polished
sleek dark hair
b
: having a smooth healthy well-groomed look
sleek cattle grazing
2
: having a prosperous look or manner
sleekly adverb
sleekness noun

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