- of, relating to, or consisting of metal.
- of the nature of or suggesting metal, as in luster, resonance, or hardness: metallic green; a harsh metallic sound.
- (of a metal element) being in the free or uncombined state: metallic iron.
- containing or yielding metal.
- a yarn or fiber made partly or entirely of metal and having a metallic appearance.
- a fabric made of such a yarn or fiber.
Origin of metallic
Related Wordsgolden, silvery, iron, mineral, ringing, hard, leaden, fusible, geologic, metallurgic, stannic, tinny, resonant, resounding, clanging, clangorous
Examples from the Web for metallic
Her very first sculpture, a metallic chrome unicorn aptly titled “Space Oracle,” sits on a pedestal directly in front.The Tiniest Jackson Pollock
November 5, 2014
The blast was a stupefying white flash followed by a body-shaking howl, and it was the cue for a maelstrom of metallic shrieks.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
With Perl in particular, a former makeup artist, there is a sultriness to her metallic eye shadow and her painted lips.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers
September 30, 2014
Iconic looks include the metallic and asymmetrical bodysuits from the Aladdin Sane tour, the ice-blue suit from the Life on Mars?The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie
September 23, 2014
Or what about if it had a metallic sheen and a whimsical sense of humor?Does a Robot Need to Be Cute?
June 22, 2014
There was a sound of metallic clicking and a thin rattle of steel.The Gentleman From Indiana
"Not all skill—not all skill," piped the metallic voice, indistinctly.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The metallic noise of the gulls grew so loud as to blanket all else.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
None of them are muddy, or metallic, or dingy, as are too many blues and lavenders.The Mayflower, January, 1905
For, strangely enough, none of the metallic elements was to be found on Ganymede.Pirates of the Gorm
- of, concerned with, or consisting of metal or a metal
- suggestive of a metala metallic click; metallic lustre
- chem (of a metal element) existing in the free state rather than in combinationmetallic copper
Word Origin and History for metallic
1560s, from Middle French métallique or directly from Latin metallicus, from Greek metallikos, from metallon (see metal).
- Relating to or having the characteristics of a metal.