slinkier; slinkiest
: characterized by slinking : stealthily quiet
slinky movements
: sleek and sinuous in movement or outline
especially : following the lines of the figure in a gracefully flowing manner
a slinky evening gown
slinkily adverb
slinkiness noun

Examples of slinky in a Sentence

The dancers wore slinky costumes.
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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slinky was in 1918

Dictionary Entries Near slinky

Cite this Entry

“Slinky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


slinkier; slinkiest
: sneakily quiet
slinky movements
: following the lines of the figure in a gracefully flowing manner
slinky dresses
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