\ˈsliŋ-kē \
slinkier; slinkiest

Definition of slinky 

1 : characterized by slinking : stealthily quiet slinky movements

2 : sleek and sinuous in movement or outline especially : following the lines of the figure in a gracefully flowing manner a slinky evening gown

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Other Words from slinky

slinkily \ˈsliŋ-​kə-​lē \ adverb
slinkiness \ˈsliŋ-​kē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of slinky in a Sentence

The dancers wore slinky costumes.

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Ganni’s beaded polka-dot bag would pair just as well with a slinky cocktail dress or vintage jeans, ditto Hunting Season’s tasseled cross-body. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Goodbye, Box Bags! These Evening Pouches Are Perfect for Your Holiday Parties," 15 Nov. 2018 Look no further for slinky guitars, plenty of breathy vocals, and of course, ambient indie pop. Nicole Demarco, Harper's BAZAAR, "28 Songs That Probably Aren't on Your Sex Playlist (But Should Be)," 8 Oct. 2018 No word yet as to whether Duchess Meghan’s second, slinky wedding dress, designed by Stella McCartney, will join the haute couture ensemble on display. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Meghan Markle’s wedding dress may be displayed at Windsor Castle," 21 Aug. 2018 Pair a slinky dress like hers with sparkly earrings for a perfect holiday party outfit, or layer it with an oversized jean jacket and fashion sneakers for a slightly more dressed down version of the look. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden Wore 3 Couples Halloween Costumes," 29 Oct. 2018 In her own post, a mirror selfie in the same bathroom, Woods wears a slinky, black Opening Ceremony bodycon minidress with bronze-y, glowy face makeup, a dramatic smoky eye, and what looks like the same gloss as Jenner's. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods Teased the New Lip Gloss From Their Upcoming Makeup Collab on Instagram," 28 Aug. 2018 The slinky arm that seemed to appear out of nowhere could grab the newspaper from the front yard every morning, and also physically boot guests from the house. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How Does Disney's Smart House Compare To Today's Smart Home Technology?," 7 Aug. 2018 His slinky designs have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Designer LaQuan Smith’s Sexy Clothes Go Mass Market with ASOS," 4 Aug. 2018 At one point Clarke’s Qi’ra shimmers into a room wearing a slinky black Halston-style gown with a decorative metal disco-choker attached, like something Bianca Jagger would have worn to Studio 54. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Solo Is an Uneven Star Wars Film. But It's Filled With Terrific Performances," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of slinky

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near slinky

slink lamb





slip away


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The first known use of slinky was in 1918

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English Language Learners Definition of slinky

: fitting closely to the body in a sexy way

: slow in a sexually attractive way

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