[ sling-kee ]
/ ˈslɪŋ ki /

adjective, slink·i·er, slink·i·est.

characterized by or proceeding with slinking or stealthy movements.
made of soft, often clinging material that follows the figure closely and flows with body movement: a slinky gown.

Nearby words

  1. slinger,
  2. slinger ring,
  3. slingshot,
  4. slink,
  5. slink away,
  6. slinter,
  7. sliotar,
  8. slip,
  9. slip a cog,
  10. slip carriage

Origin of slinky

First recorded in 1915–20; slink + -y1

Related formsslink·i·ly, adverbslink·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slinky


/ (ˈslɪŋkɪ) /

adjective slinkier or slinkiest informal

moving in a sinuously graceful or provocative way
(of clothes) figure-hugging; clinging
characterized by furtive movements
Derived Formsslinkily, adverbslinkiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for slinky



"sinuous and slender," of women or clothes, 1921, from slink + -y (2). Related: Slinkily; slinkiness. As a proprietary name (with capital from S-) for a coil of spring marketed as a toy, 1948, by James Industries Inc., Philadelphia, U.S.A.

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