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[sling-kee] /ˈslɪŋ ki/
adjective, slinkier, slinkiest.
characterized by or proceeding with slinking or stealthy movements.
made of soft, often clinging material that follows the figure closely and flows with body movement:
a slinky gown.
Origin of slinky
First recorded in 1915-20; slink + -y1
Related forms
slinkily, adverb
slinkiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for slinky
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  • They were no column-o'-four soldiers; they were as slinky and snaky and quick as so many Indians.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • A slinky man comes up at his elbow and starts to talk out of the side of his mouth.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • She had on a frock of some thin, slinky stuff and a droopy garden hat with flowers on it and carried a sunshade.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • As the train slowed down for Rochester we saw her rise and get into her slinky little coat.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street
British Dictionary definitions for slinky


adjective (informal) slinkier, slinkiest
moving in a sinuously graceful or provocative way
(of clothes) figure-hugging; clinging
characterized by furtive movements
Derived Forms
slinkily, adverb
slinkiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slinky

"sinuous and slender," of women or clothes, 1921, from slink + -y (2). Related: Slinkily; slinkiness. As a proprietary name (with capital from S-) for a coil of spring marketed as a toy, 1948, by James Industries Inc., Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slinky



Sinuous and sexy: one of those slinky glittering females (1921+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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