I. verb Etymology: Middle English sleken, alteration of sliken — more at slick Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. slick <
grooms sleeking cooled horses — Sunset
2. to cover up ; gloss over intransitive verb slick II. adjective Etymology: alteration of 2slick Date: 1578 1. a. smooth and glossy as if polished <
sleek dark hair
b. having a smooth well-groomed look <
sleek cattle
c. healthy-looking 2. smooth in speech or manner; also unctuous 3. a. having a prosperous air <
sleek luxury condominiums
b. having trim graceful lines <
a sleek car
c. elegant, stylish <
a sleek wardrobe
sleekly adverbsleekness noun Synonyms: sleek, slick, glossy mean having a smooth bright surface or appearance. sleek suggests a smoothness or brightness resulting from attentive grooming or physical conditioning <
a sleek racehorse
. slick suggests extreme smoothness that results in a slippery surface <
slipped and fell on the slick floor
. glossy suggests a highly reflective surface <
photographs having a glossy finish

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • sleek — sleek, slick, glossy, velvety, silken, silky, satiny are comparable when they mean having a smooth bright surface or appearance. Sleek and slick are sometimes interchangeable with this meaning {dark slick leaves Langley} {the sleek blue plums… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • sleek — sleek·en; sleek·er; sleek·it; sleek·ly; sleek·ness; sleek; …   English syllables

  • Sleek — (sl[=e]k), a. [Compar. {Sleeker} (sl[=e]k [ e]r); superl. {Sleekest}.] [OE. slik; akin to Icel. sl[=i]kr, and OE. sliken to glide, slide, G. schleichen, OHG. sl[=i]hhan, D. slik, slijk, mud, slime, and E. slink. Cf. {Slick}, {Slink}.] 1. Having… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sleek — Sleek, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sleeked};p. pr. & vb. n. {Sleeking}.] To make even and smooth; to render smooth, soft, and glossy; to smooth over. [1913 Webster] Sleeking her soft alluring locks. Milton. [1913 Webster] Gentle, my lord, sleek o er… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleek — [slēk] adj. [var. of SLICK, with Early ModE vowel lengthening] 1. smooth and shiny; glossy, as a highly polished surface, well kept hair or fur, etc. 2. of well fed or well groomed appearance [fat, sleek pigeons] 3. polished in speech and… …   English World dictionary

  • Sleek — Sleek, adv. With ease and dexterity. [Low] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sleek — Sleek, n. 1. That which makes smooth; varnish. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. A slick. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleek — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of hair or fur) smooth, glossy, and healthy looking. 2) wealthy and well groomed in appearance. 3) elegant and streamlined. ► VERB ▪ make (the hair) sleek by applying pressure or moisture. DERIVATIVES sleekly adverb sleek …   English terms dictionary

  • sleek — (adj.) 1580s, variant of M.E. slike (see SLICK (Cf. slick)). Originally of healthy looking animal hair; applied to persons 1630s, with sense of plump and smooth skinned …   Etymology dictionary

  • sleek — [adj] smooth, glossy glassy, glistening, lustrous, polished, satin, shiny, silken, silky; concept 606 Ant. dull, raised, rough, ungroomed, unkempt …   New thesaurus

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