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sleek

Syllabification: sleek
Pronunciation: /slēk
 
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Definition of sleek in English:

adjective

1(Of hair, fur, or skin) smooth and glossy: he was tall, with sleek, dark hair
More example sentences
  • It had sleek fur, and whiskers that stretched away from the face.
  • Her hair was sleek and shiny, falling a little past her shoulders but shorter in front with thin, wispy bangs.
  • My chestnut hair was sleek and dark and my face was as white as unmarked paper.
Synonyms
smooth, glossy, shiny, shining, lustrous, silken, silky
1.1(Of a person or animal) having smooth, glossy skin, hair, or fur, often taken as a sign of physical fitness: a sleek black cat
More example sentences
  • The wolf looked from the sleek cat to Ellison, whimpered again, then turned and ran past the jaguar, down the corridor and out of sight.
  • Red coats on sleek horses are hugely outnumbered by the people who follow in their cars, or on foot.
  • On the other side were three sleek horses, tall, with shining coats, chestnut, black, and a pinto, golden-blonde and black.
1.2(Of a person) having a wealthy and well-groomed appearance: his sleek and elegant sisters
More example sentences
  • She's sleek, elegant, stylish and the epitome of New York City chic.
  • Big mistake: his carved cut was only for small, sleek people - a certain model turned fashion editor, wore it to perfection.
  • Elegant and sleek Doug Glanville patrols center field, and newly blossomed Mike Lieberthal is the catcher.
Synonyms
well groomed, stylish, wealthy-looking, suave, sophisticated, debonair
1.3(Of an object) having an elegant, streamlined shape or design: his sleek black car slid through the traffic
More example sentences
  • Nowadays, the heart of the computer is more likely to be a sleek, futuristically designed container that is both easy on the eye and handy to move around as well.
  • In one of her hands she still grasped a firearm-a smooth, sleek affair of deadly black metal.
  • Then there was the film - a sleek glossy thriller, unlike any American film I knew, which to the innocent eye looked like a New Wave movie.
Synonyms
streamlined, trim, elegant, graceful
1.4Ingratiating; unctuous: she gave Guy a sleek smile to underline her words
More example sentences
  • His sleek and glossy facade is something for which he is regularly - and unfairly - criticised in the British press.
  • And more, in that sleek smile, he sensed a derisory note rising out of Lubin's relationship to Morris' sister, Celia.
  • I stood beneath the tinsel, understanding her now, her sleek smile, those dangerous eyes, her dares.

verb

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Make (the hair) smooth and glossy, typically by applying pressure or moisture to it: her black hair was sleeked down
More example sentences
  • What they have succeeded in doing was a vague similarity to French hairstyles - combining a ponytail and artificially sleeked straight hair falling like a cascade on one side of the face.
  • His blue-black hair was sleeked back from his face, his golden eyes reflecting the blazing sparks of the fire.
  • So these subtle communications play a substantial role in the same way as mammals display fear by sleeking their hair over their head.

Origin

late Middle English: a later variant of slick (adjective and verb).

Derivatives

sleekly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • In its place is a dashboard of sleekly industrial metallic finish, overlapping aluminium-ringed dials, soft-touch surfaces and rubber and felt-lined door pockets and cubbies.
  • All have tasteful jewelry, sleekly nyloned legs, and the absolute obligation to sit still on stiff chairs.
  • Another sign should be a triangle depicting a cartoon bomb with the fuse lit, or possibly a sleekly elegant bullet.

sleekness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • I think that this advice was not well intended and that the counter campaign itself was technically flawed, its major flaw being its American-style sleekness.
  • I paused as I walked past, and admired the van's sleekness.
  • He radiated a fastidious sleekness that can only irritate.

sleeky

3
adjective
Example sentences
  • The less we understand them, the more they look like a shaky, flexible and sleeky snake that changes every time we try to touch it.
  • That creates a very good, hydrodynamically sleeky surface over which a thin stable laminar flow film can form and the friction resistance of the under water surface will be significantly reduced.
  • This model is the standard version of this harmonica and comes in a sleeky black case with reedplates of standard thickness.

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