[ sleek ]
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adjective,sleek·er, sleek·est.
  1. smooth or glossy, as hair, an animal, etc.

  2. well-fed or well-groomed.

  1. trim and graceful; finely contoured; streamlined: a sleek sports car.

  2. smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave.

  3. cleverly or deceitfully skillful; slick: a sleek confidence man.

Origin of sleek

First recorded in 1580–90; variant of slick

Other words for sleek

Other words from sleek

  • sleekly, adverb
  • sleekness, noun

Other definitions for sleek (2 of 2)

[ sleek ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to make sleek; smooth; slick: to sleek leather.

Origin of sleek

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English sleken, variant of slick
  • Also sleek·en [slee-kuhn] /ˈsli kən/ .

Other words from sleek

  • sleek·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sleek in a sentence

  • When it has been dried, the whole process is finished by rubbing both sides with a glass sleeker.

  • The court cat, sleeker than in the days when Vance made her life a burden, sat alone on the upper step, placidly washing herself.

    Prince Vance | Eleanor Putnam
  • He recognized Blanchet from afar in among the mares, but sleeker and better cared for than the others.

    King of Camargue | Jean Aicard
  • Finally, the grain is brushed and polished with the glass sleeker, or ironed.

    Leather | K. J. Adcock
  • Sleeker Lutherans found dark corners wherein they could anticipate hunger without observation.

    The Garden of Swords | Max Pemberton

British Dictionary definitions for sleek


/ (sliːk) /

  1. smooth and shiny; polished

  2. polished in speech or behaviour; unctuous

  1. (of an animal or bird) having a shiny healthy coat or feathers

  2. (of a person) having a prosperous appearance

  1. to make smooth and glossy, as by grooming, etc

  2. (usually foll by over) to cover (up), as by making more agreeable; gloss (over)

Origin of sleek

C16: variant of slick

Derived forms of sleek

  • sleekly, adverb
  • sleekness, noun
  • sleeky, adjective

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