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[ sil-kee ]


, silk·i·er, silk·i·est.
  1. of or like silk; smooth, lustrous, soft, or delicate:

    silky skin.

  2. Botany. covered with fine, soft, closely set hairs, as a leaf.


/ ˈsɪlkɪ /


  1. resembling silk in texture; glossy
  2. made of silk
  3. (of a voice, manner, etc) suave; smooth
  4. botany covered with long fine soft hairs

    silky leaves

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsilkily, adverb
  • ˈsilkiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • silki·ly adverb
  • silki·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of silky1

First recorded in 1605–15; silk + -y 1

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Example Sentences

This dangerously smooth, silky wine should be almost 20 percent alcohol by volume and taste of maple and caramel.

Sateen woven fabrics tend to be silky and smooth, which also makes them more delicate.

With beautifully updated art and a silky-smooth framerate, this will look better on that new 4K HDR TV than many “real” next-generation games.

Here’s another soup that gets super silky thanks to potatoes.

On the palate, the 2017 Lassègue Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is dense and round with silky tannins.

From Fortune

But his fingers moved through her silky strands of hair, and then down her neck.

Consider the trashy, silky sweatpants sent down the runway by Jarrar, complete with thick stripes running down the legs.

Oak, great balance and a good finish with stone fruits and just enough oak to round the wine to a silky smooth feel on the palate.

“If You Had My Love” was silky-smooth with just the right amount of anguished yearning.

This silky rendition of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' theme song is irrepressibly groovy.

I have an old sketch of a back view of three of them taken side by side; you see nothing but billows of fine silky hair.

The leaf is of beautiful appearance, of almost a silky texture, and in color a rich brown.

Jess' chestnut hair was long and silky and nicely braided, but she never murmured as it came off too.

He stroked her short silky hair and proposed that they all go up into Violet's room with the moonflowers.

Laying her silky hand on mine in that kind of a way that I said I would die first.


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