Definition of sleek in English:


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Pronunciation: /sliːk


  • 1(Of hair, fur, or skin) smooth and glossy: he was tall, with sleek, dark hair
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    • 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.
  • 1.1(Of an animal) having smooth, glossy hair or fur: a sleek black cat
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    • 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: a sleek and ambitious junior Minister
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    • 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.
    well groomed, stylish, wealthy-looking, prosperous-looking
  • 1.3(Of an object) having an elegant, streamlined shape or design: his sleek black car slid through the traffic
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    • 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.
    streamlined, trim, aerodynamic; elegant, graceful, flowing, smooth
  • 1.4Ingratiating; unctuous: she gave Guy a sleek smile to underline her words
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    • 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.


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  • Make (hair) smooth and glossy: her black hair was sleeked down
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.


adjective (sleekier, sleekiest)
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  • 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.


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

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