[ sleek ]
/ slik /

adjective, sleek·er, sleek·est.

smooth or glossy, as hair, an animal, etc.
well-fed or well-groomed.
trim and graceful; finely contoured; streamlined: a sleek sports car.
smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave.
cleverly or deceitfully skillful; slick: a sleek confidence man.

Nearby words

  1. sled dog,
  2. sledder,
  3. sledding,
  4. sledge,
  5. sledgehammer,
  6. sleeked,
  7. sleekit,
  8. sleekly,
  9. sleeky,
  10. sleep

Origin of sleek

First recorded in 1580–90; variant of slick1

Related formssleek·ly, adverbsleek·ness, noun



or sleek·en

[ sleek or slee-kuh n ]
/ slik or ˈsli kən /

verb (used with object)

to make sleek; smooth; slick: to sleek leather.

Origin of sleek

1400–50; late Middle English sleken, variant of slick2

Related formssleek·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sleek


/ (sliːk) /


smooth and shiny; polished
polished in speech or behaviour; unctuous
(of an animal or bird) having a shiny healthy coat or feathers
(of a person) having a prosperous appearance

verb (tr)

to make smooth and glossy, as by grooming, etc
(usually foll by over) to cover (up), as by making more agreeable; gloss (over)
Derived Formssleekly, adverbsleekness, nounsleeky, adjective

Word Origin for sleek

C16: variant of slick

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Word Origin and History for sleek
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