adjective, silk·i·er, silk·i·est.

of or like silk; smooth, lustrous, soft, or delicate: silky skin.
Botany. covered with fine, soft, closely set hairs, as a leaf.

Origin of silky

First recorded in 1605–15; silk + -y1
Related formssilk·i·ly, adverbsilk·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

resembling silk in texture; glossy
made of silk
(of a voice, manner, etc) suave; smooth
botany covered with long fine soft hairssilky leaves
Derived Formssilkily, adverbsilkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for silky

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper