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

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 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

The duchess looked effortlessly chic showcasing pieces from the collection, including a blouse by her close friend and fashion designer Misha Nonoo, and sleek black pants by Jigsaw. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at the Smart Works Collection Launch," 12 Sep. 2019 At around $40, the counterfeit headphones look almost identical to real Apple AirPods, with the same true wireless style and sleek charging case. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "How Do $40 Fake AirPods Compare to the Real Thing?," 3 Sep. 2019 Rose’ glowing skin, rouge lips, and sleek slick-back is the perfect hot girl recipe. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Amber Rose Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump and Beautiful Black Hair," 29 Aug. 2019 This lakeside house is open and sleek with very large rooms and especially nice finishes. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Large West Bloomfield lake home has everything, including your own boat," 24 Aug. 2019 The Envy 13 forgoes all of that and instead looks like a professional, yet sleek, work machine. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Envy 13 mini-review: Spectre fans, meet your budget option," 26 July 2019 Frigidaire Three-Door Fridge for $1,400 ($715 off): Simple, understated, and solid, this Frigidaire refrigerator has a few bells and whistles but mostly keeps things simple and sleek. Jess Grey, WIRED, "25 of the Best Sales and Deals for the Long July 4th Weekend," 4 July 2019 Opposed to the clunky and busier kits Dortmund have sported in the past, this away shirt is simple and sleek in its design. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund 2019/20 Away Kit: Sleek BVB Shirt Leaked Online," 4 July 2019 The six-bedroom home features an impressive weight room, a garage workshop and sleek, monochromatic interiors that don’t try to upstage the stunning ocean views. Lisa Boone, latimes.com, "Laird Hamilton has no time for alpha males," 28 June 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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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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