- 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 sleek1
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- to make sleek; smooth; slick: to sleek leather.
Origin of sleek2
Examples from the Web for sleek
With a sleek look and perfect pour, the Axium is the decanter of choice for serving red wine during the cold winter months.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Andy Warhol in Your Life
November 29, 2014
But early vampire myths were a far cry from the sleek, cloaked version Stoker described.Bulgaria’s Vampire Graveyards
October 15, 2014
The sleek, peanut-shell sized device slips on near the collarbone.Lumo Lift Vibrates You Into Better Posture
August 26, 2014
If ESPN is a sleek bachelor pad, ESPNW is the cottage next door filled with Activia and ultra-soft toilet paper.Women's Sports Are Getting Less Airtime
August 23, 2014
He had brought home a sleek new camper with a kitchenette, polished wooden cabinets, and foldout beds.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
And Mr. Beaufort patted the sleek neck of his favourite hunter.
His complexion was pale and sodden, and his hair short, dark, and sleek.
Men led up the sleek cattle to be slain for the feast of the gods.Buried Cities, Part 2
"That's part of my business," he heard Burnham say in his sleek, oleaginous accents.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
With these steeds, so well fitted for hunting, were twelve sleek, fleet hounds.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
- 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
- to make smooth and glossy, as by grooming, etc
- (usually foll by over) to cover (up), as by making more agreeable; gloss (over)
Word Origin and History for sleek
1580s, variant of Middle English slike (see slick (adj.)). Originally of healthy-looking animal hair; applied to persons 1630s, with sense of "plump and smooth-skinned." Figurative meaning "slick, fawning, flattering" is from 1590s.
"make sleek," mid-15c., a variant of slick (v.). Related: Sleeked; sleeking.