\ ˈsliŋ-kē How to pronounce slinky (audio) \
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 How to pronounce slinkily (audio) \ adverb
slinkiness \ ˈsliŋ-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce slinkiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of slinky in a Sentence

The dancers wore slinky costumes.

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Designers from Valentino to Khaite to Simone Rocha proved that after-dark can go beyond slinky slip dresses. Carla Guler, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 8 Fall Trends to Shop Now," 14 Aug. 2019 Or the relevancy to fashion’s current fascination with the ’90s in the pops of neon splashed on a slinky slip dress, or the orange and blue swirled pattern festooned on a skin-tight top and leggings. Melissa Magsaysay,, "Meet Chicago native Maisie Schloss, the first designer in Kanye West’s incubator program," 14 Aug. 2019 Jepsenused a similar sound but with a more subdued, slinkier feel, adding elements of disco. Teta Alim, Washington Post, "Carly Rae Jepsen shows Fillmore crowd how to live in the moment," 22 July 2019 Tlaib is shown screaming in anger and Ocasio-Cortez is at center in a slinky red dress that tapers down to a ball of flames. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Illinois GOP group apologizes for offensive 'Jihad Squad' post about AOC, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley," 18 July 2019 The pop star dropped her second line of Fenty products last week, which includes a $420 pair of shield-like sunglasses and a $560 slinky satin mini dress. Hannah Malach, Billboard, "Rihanna Stuns in Red Fenty Satin Slip Dress: See New Pics," 28 June 2019 Gaga does her thing up and down the stairs, Maxwell takes off the black dress, and underneath is another strapless number, this time a slinky bright pink confection that reached to the floor. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Lady Gaga Just Changed Four Times on the Met Gala Red Carpet," 6 May 2019 Having it in a slinky silk or gorgeous gown helps to temper the color’s more pointed attributes. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Will Blue Make You Psychic? Can Yellow Detox Your Mind? A Color Therapist Weighs in on Fall 2019’s Color Trends," 4 Apr. 2019 Despite the Accord's fastback profile, the slinkier Mazda 6 is still prettier. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of slinky

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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