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sleek

verb \ ˈslēk \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of sleek

transitive verb
1 : slick
  • grooms sleeking cooled horses
  • Sunset
2 : to cover up : gloss over
intransitive verb
: slick

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Origin and Etymology of sleek

Middle English sleken, alteration of sliken — more at slick


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sleek

adjective

Definition of sleek

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

Examples of sleek in a Sentence

  1. the sleek lines of a sports car

  2. a striking beauty with sleek raven hair

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Origin and Etymology of sleek

alteration of 2slick

Synonym Discussion of 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

SLEEK Defined for English Language Learners

sleek

adjective

Definition of sleek for English Language Learners

  • : straight and smooth in design or shape

  • : smooth and shiny

  • : stylish and attractive


SLEEK Defined for Kids

sleek

adjective \ ˈslēk \

Definition of sleek for Students

sleeker; sleekest
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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