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.

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

Related Words for slinky

graceful, serpentine, sinuous, smooth, willowy

Examples from the Web for slinky

Contemporary Examples of slinky

Historical Examples of slinky

  • They were no column-o'-four soldiers; they were as slinky and snaky and quick as so many Indians.

    Wounds in the rain

    Stephen Crane

  • A slinky man comes up at his elbow and starts to talk out of the side of his mouth.

    Young People's Pride

    Stephen Vincent Benet

  • She had on a frock of some thin, slinky stuff and a droopy garden hat with flowers on it and carried a sunshade.

  • As the train slowed down for Rochester we saw her rise and get into her slinky little coat.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street

British Dictionary definitions for slinky


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper