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adjective, 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.
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Origin of silky

First recorded in 1605–15; silk + -y1
Related formssilk·i·ly, adverbsilk·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for silky

silken, luxurious, satiny, delicate, sleek, soft, plush, glossy, velvety, silk, tender, cottony

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Contemporary Examples of silky

Historical Examples of silky

  • The dress was of silky changeable tricolette, the skirt plain.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • He was proud of himself, from his silky bangs to the tip of his tasselled tail.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • Their hair was long and thickly matted, and mixed with fine brown, silky wool.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • But there was no mistaking the triumphant note in the silky, jeering tones.

    When the Sleepers Woke

    Arthur Leo Zagat

  • His hair, discoloured and silky, curled slightly over his ears.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for silky


adjective silkier or silkiest
  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 hairssilky leaves
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Derived Formssilkily, adverbsilkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for silky


1610s, from silk + -y (2). Related: Silkily; silkiness.

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