sleek

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A late variant of slick; cognate to German schleichen (Old High German slihhan) and Dutch slijk (mud, slime). Compare slink.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sliːk/
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  • Rhymes: -iːk

Adjective[edit]

sleek (comparative sleeker, superlative sleekest)

  1. Having an even, smooth surface; smooth
    sleek hair
    Synonyms: frictionless, silky; see also Thesaurus:smooth
  2. glossy
    Synonyms: glacé, sheeny; see also Thesaurus:glossy
  3. Not rough or harsh.
    Synonyms: civilized, classy, elegant, graceful, refined
    • 1673, Milton, John, “Sonnet 11”, in Poems, line 10:
      Those rugged names to our like mouths grow sleek.
  4. Slim and streamlined; not plump, thick, or stocky.
    Synonyms: lithe, svelte; see also Thesaurus:slender
  5. Of stock animals, healthy, well-fed and well-groomed; in good condition.

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Adverb[edit]

sleek (comparative more sleek, superlative most sleek)

  1. (dated) With ease and dexterity.

Verb[edit]

sleek (third-person singular simple present sleeks, present participle sleeking, simple past and past participle sleeked)

  1. To make smooth or glossy; to polish or cause to be attractive.

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Noun[edit]

sleek (uncountable)

  1. That which makes smooth; varnish.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of slick.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sleek (comparative sleeker, superlative sleekest)

  1. sleek

Verb[edit]

sleek (third-person singular simple present sleeks, present participle sleekin, simple past sleekit, past participle sleekit)

  1. to sleek