\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Essie Davis returns in her role as the seductive, slinky and risk-taking 1920s-era Melbourne detective Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Super Tuesday, coronavirus, Israel, abortion, Iditarod, OPEC," 1 Mar. 2020 In fact, Dark Hallway was instantly salivating at the sight of the Stripers’ two slinky symbols, gyrating in skin-tight, striped suits. al, "Masked Observer triples down with LaShe’s, Fellows, Stripers," 26 Feb. 2020 Suzzy Roche sits perfectly still, legs straddling one of the tables, back arched, looking chic in a slinky costume and forbiddingly high heels. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 Bella wore a slinky red gown while Gigi walked in a silver jacket tuxedo look. Washington Post, "Janelle Monae rocked Ralph Lauren’s jazz club of yesteryear," 7 Sep. 2019 The multi-hyphenate star went above and beyond the typical television performance format, delivering an artistic, nine-minute set complete with costumed backup dancers, conceptual choreography, and a modern, slinky wardrobe. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Solange Blessed 'Jimmy Fallon' with a Nine-Minute Set of Performance Art," 3 Dec. 2019 To mark the event, Tei Shi went for a high-impact look, wearing a slinky Collina Strada velvet catsuit and mini electric blue skirt from the Spring 2020 collection featuring the label’s signature scrawled flowers. Vogue, "Behind the Scenes With Rising Singer Tei Shi as She Performs in New York’s Buzziest Label," 18 Nov. 2019 In essence, Hendrix, a whopping talent, has taken the classic persona of the magician’s glamorous, slinky assistant and cancelled the magician. Chris Jones,, "Here’s a new twist on magic: ‘Lucy Darling’ does tricks with cocktails at Chicago Magic Lounge," 31 Oct. 2019 She’s worn a pale tank top while shopping, another for an interview for her most recent Vogue cover (a rusty-brown slinky tube skirt, to be exact), and a black skirt only two days ago to take a fall stroll in Calabasas. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Does Futuristic Bodycon in Custom Rick Owens," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of slinky

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slinky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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