[ 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.

Origin of sleek

First recorded in 1580–90; variant of slick1

Related forms

sleek·ly, adverbsleek·ness, noun

Definition for sleek (2 of 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

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

Related forms

sleek·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 Forms

sleekly, adverbsleekness, nounsleeky, adjective

Word Origin for sleek

C16: variant of slick
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