The water had sleeked down his hair to a satin skullcap on his full head.
The feathers of the crown are erected, but those of the body are sleeked.
Now it held a stream flowing inland upon grass—unshriveled long grass bowed flat and sleeked to this daily service.
I sat by the bright fender, and washed my face, and sleeked my pretty paws, and looked on.
Morris's hair was parted for about an inch back from his forehead and sleeked wetly down upon his brow.
In every instance the body feathers of the swaying birds were sleeked.
She was a little, slender brunette, with black eyes and burnished hair parted on one side and sleeked down over her head.
Her hair was sleeked down provocatively over her ears, in which emerald drops dangled.
The thread in the flap now was plainly not soaped; it was fibrous to the touch, not sleeked down, as mine had been.
He merely raised one of his claws and sleeked up the feathers on the back of his neck, in the way his family know so well.
1580s, variant of Middle English slike (see slick (adj.)). Originally of healthy-looking animal hair; applied to persons 1630s, with sense of "plump and smooth-skinned." Figurative meaning "slick, fawning, flattering" is from 1590s.
"make sleek," mid-15c., a variant of slick (v.). Related: Sleeked; sleeking.