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.

Nearby words

  1. silko,
  2. silkscreen,
  3. silkweed,
  4. silkworm,
  5. silkworm moth,
  6. silky anteater,
  7. silky cornel,
  8. silky flycatcher,
  9. silky terrier,
  10. sill

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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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.

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