\ ˈstrēk How to pronounce streak (audio) \

Definition of streak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a line or mark of a different color or texture from the ground : stripe
2a : the color of the fine powder of a mineral obtained by scratching or rubbing against a hard white surface and constituting an important distinguishing character
b : inoculum implanted in a line on a solid medium
c : any of numerous virus diseases of plants (such as tobacco and corn) resembling mosaic but usually producing at least some linear markings
3a : a narrow band of light
b : a lightning bolt
4a : a slight admixture : trace had a mean streak in him
b : a brief run (as of luck)
c : a consecutive series was on a winning streak
5 : a narrow layer (as of fat)
6 : an act or instance of streaking


streaked; streaking; streaks

Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make streaks on or in tears streaking her face

intransitive verb

1 : to move swiftly : rush a jet streaking across the sky
2 : to have a streak (as of winning or outstanding performances)
3 : to run naked through a public place

Other Words from streak


streaker noun

Synonyms for streak

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of streak in a Sentence

Noun He left streaks where he wiped the glass. The miners had streaks of coal dust on their faces. a streak of 11 straight victories Verb A shooting star streaked across the sky. A skateboarder streaked past us.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Robinson drained a pull-up jumper, a 3-pointer and sank three free throws in the extra frame to snap the Fever's 10-game losing streak in overtime contests. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 14 May 2022 In 2018, the Chippewas compiled a program-record six-game winning streak and captured the Southern Conference regular-season championship. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 Johnston dismissed any notion that the Hawks have been frustrated by the lack of offense, pointing to a nine-game winning streak (dating to the regular season) that preceded the Game 3 loss. oregonlive, 12 May 2022 The Longhorns crumpled in the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 9, blowing a 21-point lead to Oklahoma to kickstart a six-game losing streak rife with dysfunction. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2022 For a streak-free tan from the comfort of home, consider this markdown on Tan-Luxe's beloved and color-free tanning water. Tiffany Dodson And Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 May 2022 With help from a crew of neighborhood old-timers and Mariana – Marty’s Nuyorican grief counselor – Ted orchestrates an intricate plan to provide the illusion of a Sox winning streak to keep Marty’s spirit up (and heart beating). Brent Lang, Variety, 11 May 2022 Second-seeded Alexander Zverev, who was routed by Alcaraz in the Madrid final on Sunday, beat Sebastian Baez 7-6 (6), 6-3 to end the Argentine qualifier’s eight-match winning streak. Andrew Dampf, ajc, 11 May 2022 The only game series with a comparable unbroken annual streak of releases is EA's Madden NFL franchise, which started in 1988 and will retain that branding despite John Madden's death late last year. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb New Orleans’ streak without a first-rounder from the SEC is the longest in the NFL. Mark Inabinett |, al, 27 Apr. 2022 The scoreless draw between the U.S. and Mexico last Thursday in Estadio Azteca was the third draw in as many qualifying cycles between the two border rivals in Mexico and ran the Americans’ unbeaten streak versus Mexico to four games. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Hopeful for publicity for his pornography website, Zdorovetskiy persuaded Andrade to streak in the pink swimsuit with the site’s name on the front. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Burns, Josh Matheny, Tomer Frankel and Rafael Miroslaw set an IU record of 3:00.95 in the 400 medley, extending the Hoosiers’ streak to seven in a row. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Feb. 2022 Danbury has been dominant in the sport, winning 21 of the last 25 Class LL titles, with only Xavier and Newtown disrupting the Hatters’ streak over the last quarter century. Lori Riley,, 25 Feb. 2022 And the results came through on the ice, where Chen has won three consecutive world championships, pushed his national championship streak to six and has been generally unbeatable. Dave Skretta,, 7 Feb. 2022 Johnny Russell scored twice to extend his goals streak to eight games and Sporting Kansas City beat the Galaxy 2-0 on Wednesday night to move into first place in the Western Conference. Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Should — as appears likely — City streak away with the championship over the next few months, both Liverpool and Chelsea will have their flaws picked apart, their vulnerabilities exposed, their defects uncovered. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of streak


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1576, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for streak


Middle English streke, from Old English strica; akin to Old High German strich line, Latin striga row — more at strike

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\ ˈstrēk How to pronounce streak (audio) \

Kids Definition of streak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a line or mark of a different color or texture from its background You left a streak of mud on the rug.
2 : a narrow band of light a streak of lightning
3 : an amount of a quality She's got a stubborn streak.
4 : a short series of something a winning streak

Other Words from streak

streaked \ ˈstrēkt , ˈstrē-​kəd \ adjective


streaked; streaking

Kids Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or have a line or mark of color in or on His hair is streaked with gray.
2 : to move swiftly : rush A jet streaked across the sky.


\ ˈstrēk How to pronounce streak (audio) \

Medical Definition of streak

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually irregular line or stripe — see primitive streak
2 : inoculum implanted (as with a needle drawn across the surface) in a line on a solid medium


transitive verb

Medical Definition of streak (Entry 2 of 2)

: to implant (inoculum) in a line on a solid medium

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