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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Working in sleek, clinical luxury proves mighty appealing. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s class-warfare thriller ‘Parasite’ is brilliant -- and already a massive hit: Movie review," 29 Oct. 2019 Then-transportation chief Ed Reiskin began overhauling the agency’s vehicle stock in 2012, replacing old diesel buses with hybrids and swapping the heavy rail cars of yore with a sleeker, easier-to-maintain model. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Is it a bus or is it a trolley? New SF Muni fleet can go off-wire," 6 Oct. 2019 The film’s cinematography expertly contrasts colorful Calcutta with sleek, modern New York. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore shine in ‘After the Wedding’: Review," 27 Aug. 2019 Guests arrive to an Austin limestone exterior that blends rustic flair with sleek, modern architectural design. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Spring Valley Houston home set to hit the auction block with no reserve," 27 Aug. 2019 As such, Kapoor's familiarity with the sleek, elegant aesthetic that is Bollywood beauty is both innate, and cultivated through hours in the makeup chair. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Sonam Kapoor Gives a Lesson in ’90s Bollywood Beauty," 23 Aug. 2019 Although construction is still currently underway, design renderings of the establishment show a deep rich color palette, keeping in-tune with the Gaines sleek, cozy vibes felt throughout the rest of the Silos grounds. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Press," 8 July 2019 Get your home’s exterior ready for seasonal changes with sleek siding that can stand up to Mother Nature. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: James Hardie HardiePlank Siding," 28 June 2019 Rocking a sleek blue suit and a white button-down shirt, the crooner smiled for the camera without his usual buzzed cut, letting his longer, natural hairstyle do all the talking. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "The Weeknd Debuts New Look at Toronto International Film Festival," 10 Sep. 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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