Thesaurus

sleek

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of sleek

(Entry 1 of 2)

having a shiny surface or finish
  • a striking beauty with sleek raven hair

Synonyms for sleek

Words Related to sleek

Near Antonyms for sleek

Antonyms for sleek

sleek

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of sleek (Entry 2 of 2)

as in slick

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for sleek

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for sleek

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About sleek

How does the adjective sleek differ from other similar words?

The words glossy and slick are common synonyms of sleek. While all three words mean "having a smooth bright surface or appearance," sleek suggests a smoothness or brightness resulting from attentive grooming or physical conditioning.

a sleek racehorse

In what contexts can glossy take the place of sleek?

The words glossy and sleek are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, glossy suggests a highly reflective surface.

photographs having a glossy finish

When might slick be a better fit than sleek?

Although the words slick and sleek have much in common, slick suggests extreme smoothness that results in a slippery surface.

slipped and fell on the slick floor

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About sleek

Time Traveler for sleek

Time Traveler

The first known use of sleek was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Sleek.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sleek. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on sleek

Dictionary: Definition of sleek

Nglish: Translation of sleek for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sleek for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!