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

Examples of slinky in a Sentence

The dancers wore slinky costumes.
Recent Examples on the Web Women who are looking to give their wardrobes a refresh for the warm weather should check out this cute Coach wristlet that is on sale for just $57 or this slinky camisole that's marked down to only $10. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, "The 40 Best Things to Shop from Nordstrom’s Spring Sale Before They Sell Out," 26 Mar. 2021 Designers and stylists have quickly followed suit, creating more casual bridal wear out of comfortable materials like cotton and linen, and leaning into relaxed silhouettes in the form of slinky slips and matching separates. Kelsey Clark, Glamour, "20 Best Wedding Reception Dresses for Any Bride in 2021," 25 Mar. 2021 An airy gauze veil was a nice contrast to the slinky dress, which was also purchased and styled at LOHO Bride. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Jewelry Designer Opted for a No-Fuss, All-Fashion Wedding in Baja," 8 Mar. 2021 Across nine tracks, Ivana and Jessica are in sync with each other through delicate harmonies and in sync with their soundscape of slinky, uptempo R&B, soul, funk, and hip-hop. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "The Best Albums of February 2021: Slowthai, Julien Baker, Aaron Lee Tasjan, the Band and More," 3 Mar. 2021 Here are chains to pop over a slinky dress and greet a new day. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "From Featherlight Strands to Hulking Hoops, the Best Gold Chain Link Necklaces," 19 Feb. 2021 Nensi Dojaka also had their own versions of slinky, peekaboo-shoulder looks. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Dolly Parton Kickstarts a Cold Shoulder Trend to Get the Vaccine," 3 Mar. 2021 Rihanna paired the slinky, and super sparkly, jacket with a baseball cap, and a selection of gold jewelry. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Shimmers in a Vintage Beaded Halston Jacket from Shrimpton Couture," 27 Feb. 2021 The slinky predator named Elizabeth Ann, born Dec. 10 and announced Thursday, is cute as a button. Mead Gruver, USA TODAY, "Scientists have cloned the first US endangered species: A black-footed ferret that died 30 years ago," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of slinky

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Apr 2021

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“Slinky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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