\ 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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There were the Italian icons led by actress Monica Bellucci, who opened the collection in a slinky polka-dot number followed by a bevy of supermodels. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Can Anything Top Dolce & Gabbana’s Star-Studded Spring Cast?," 23 Sep. 2018 The slinky red dress, from White Fox, is still available for purchase. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Wore a $65 White Fox Dress for Valentine's Day and You Can Still Buy It," 17 Feb. 2019 This label’s brand of slinky, minimal dresses is exactly what all of the ’90s fashion nostalgia nuts were fiending for in 2018. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "9 Celebrity-Approved Fashion Labels That Made It Big in 2018," 20 Dec. 2018 The KKW Beauty mogul donned a slinky crystal dress from the brand's archive for her front-row appearance, and the look is very reminiscent of Paris Hilton's iconic 21st birthday dress. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Versace Dress Looks Just Like Paris Hilton’s 21st Birthday Look," 3 Dec. 2018 Ganni’s beaded polka-dot bag would pair just as well with a slinky cocktail dress or vintage jeans, ditto Hunting Season’s tasseled cross-body. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Goodbye, Box Bags! These Evening Pouches Are Perfect for Your Holiday Parties," 15 Nov. 2018 Look no further for slinky guitars, plenty of breathy vocals, and of course, ambient indie pop. Nicole Demarco, Harper's BAZAAR, "28 Songs That Probably Aren't on Your Sex Playlist (But Should Be)," 8 Oct. 2018 No word yet as to whether Duchess Meghan’s second, slinky wedding dress, designed by Stella McCartney, will join the haute couture ensemble on display. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Meghan Markle’s wedding dress may be displayed at Windsor Castle," 21 Aug. 2018 Pair a slinky dress like hers with sparkly earrings for a perfect holiday party outfit, or layer it with an oversized jean jacket and fashion sneakers for a slightly more dressed down version of the look. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden Wore 3 Couples Halloween Costumes," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of slinky

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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