on fleek

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Origin unknown. Early entries for fleek in Urban Dictionary date to 2003 (defined as "smooth, nice, sweet") and 2009 (defined as "awesome"). The term was popularized by Chicago-area teen Kayla Newman posted on Vine in June 2014 under her username "Peaches Monroee."[1], in which Newman, who had just had her eyebrows done for the first time, proudly declares "eyebrows on fleek."[1] Newman has claimed that the word "just came to [her] out of the blue."[1]

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Adjective[edit]

on fleek (comparative more on fleek, superlative most on fleek)

  1. (slang, of eyebrows or hair) Sleek and perfectly groomed or styled.
    • 2014, Ryan Ghisetti, "New brow-raising trend emerges", The Pepperbox (Arcata High School, Arcata, California), Volume 87, Issue 1, 15 October 2014, page 30:
      “I'm definitely pro-eyebrow, but don't go overboard. You gotta have your eyebrows filled in just the right amount for them to be on fleek,*” [said] Senior Raven Johnson.
    • 2015, Deborah Collins, Down Bad, Xlibris, →ISBN (hardcover), →ISBN (softcover), chapter 25, unkown:
      Her hair was on fleek or whatever them dumb hoes be saying on Instagram.
    • 2015, Wanya Williams, "Keepin' it Real or Keepin' a Weave", The Tam News (Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California), Volume 10, Number 6, April 2015, page 23:
      One day their weave might be “on fleek” (looking good) then the next morning they wake up looking like Django when he was chained, and that's a scary sight.
    • 2017 December 22, “Exploring the Future of Makeup with the Highly-Contoured Teens of Beautycon”, in Broadly:
      “I used to say Natalia looked fit,” she explains, “but now I'm like, 'Your eyebrows are on fleek.'”
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:on fleek.
  2. (slang, of an article of clothing or outfit) Stylish and perfectly chosen or put together.
    • 2015, Abagail Kruise, "Don't make social media a top priority, spend some time offline with loved ones", The BG News (Bowling Green State University), Volume 94, Issue 54, 20 January 2015, page 4:
      There is nothing wrong with wanting to document good times, on-fleek outfits and maybe even a particularly scrumptious Starbucks order.
    • 2015, Xosha Roquemore, quoted in Dio Anthony, "Xosha Roquemore: The Realist", Bello Magazine, February 2015, page 92:
      Your coat has to really be on fleek to be dope in New York.
    • 2015, Jessica Leigh Lebos, "Catching shades of Grey", Connect Savannah, 4 February 2015 - 10 February 2015, page 10:
      After several costume changes, I settled on an acceptably less-crazy dress and boots. It's just that I was so damn excited about my first trip to The Grey and I needed my look on fleek, OK?
    • 2017 December 5, “Anna Murphy: A bustier is still a killer way to power-dress”, in The Times:
      No wonder her fashion choices are on fleek.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:on fleek.
  3. (slang) Perfect; spot on; flawless.
    • 2015, Jalen Luter, quoted in April Oberman, "The four food groups in the South: Home-cooked cuisine to live by", The Crimson Crier (Sparkman High School, Harvest, Alabama), Issue 6, 19 March 2015, page 8:
      Mama's fried chicken is on fleek. Popeye's is a close second, but mama's is number one.
    • 2015, Eleni P. Austin, "Kate Pierson: 'Guitars and Microphones' (Lazy Meadow Music)", Coachella Valley Week, Volume 4, Number 2, 2 April 2015 - 8 April 2015, page 14:
      The vocal interplay between Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson was (as the kids say), on fleek.
    • 2015, "Horoscopes", Cosmopolitan (Australia), June 2015, page 177:
      Your career game will be on fleek.
    • 2017 December 14, Nick Doublas, “The Best Denver, CO Hacks From Our Readers”, in Lifehacker:
      If you want to do outdoorsy things, follow the crowds to Clear Creek Canyon for climbing, Mt. Evans for hiking/climbing, and Summit County for skiing/snowboarding. Be mindful that Summit County is totes legit and your kit must be on fleek.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:on fleek.

Adverb[edit]

on fleek (comparative more on fleek, superlative most on fleek)

  1. (slang) In a sleek or stylish manner.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Max Kunter, " The video became viral and quickly became popularised after that. Meet the Chicago Teen Behind ‘On Fleek’", Newsweek, 3 March 2015