sleek

1
[ 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

1
First recorded in 1580–90; variant of slick1

Related formssleek·ly, adverbsleek·ness, noun

sleek

2

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

2
1400–50; late Middle English sleken, variant of slick2

Related formssleek·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sleek

sleek

/ (sliːk) /

adjective

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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