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 formssleek·ly, adverbsleek·ness, noun

Synonyms for sleek Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sleeker

polished, glistening, shiny, silky, satin, glassy, lustrous, silken

Examples from the Web for sleeker

Contemporary Examples of sleeker

Historical Examples of sleeker

British Dictionary definitions for sleeker



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sleeker



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper