\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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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 Hadid turned heads at the premiere of BlacKkKlansman, her slinky diamante gown centering on a haltered silhouette designed for a back reveal worthy of a balmy summer night. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid's Risky Skin Reveal Comes Down to This Tiny Detail," 14 May 2018 Phantoms brings a slinky darkness to its live stage show, tempered by a delightfully unpretentious bit of stage banter. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Phantoms & Nicole Millar Have Pure Vibes On Their 'Agenda:' Exclusive," 12 July 2018 Other favorites include this super slinky bodycon dress that literally screams Veronica — the front slit features her name scrawled along the edge with red lipstick embroidery acting like punctuation. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Torrid Launches Size-Inclusive Riverdale Merch," 29 June 2018 Plenty of toys are also available for purchase, such as a slinky dog and talking Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear dolls. Gabrielle Russon,, "New Toy Story Magic Bands, Disney pins are for sale at new land," 28 June 2018 The knee-length skirt is a nice balance to the slinkier backside. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "The Best Adventure Dresses," 26 June 2018 In the first, Mr. Sciarrino, clearly inspired by Paganini’s dazzling violin caprices, writes an avant-garde equivalent, with whirlwinds of jagged, scratchy-toned arpeggios that flow into slinky, sliding tones, then erupt in staccato madness. New York Times, "Review: A Tiny Garage Explodes in Pianistic Madness," 25 June 2018 Over a slinky bossa nova beat, Misch and featured hip hop group De La Soul deliver a seductive hit of soulful music, letting the instruments and Misch’s silky voice steal the show. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Best Songs of 2018 So Far," 1 June 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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