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Sleek definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SLEEK, a. [See Like]
1. Smooth; having an even smooth surface; whence, glossy; as sleek hair. So sleek her skin, so faultless was her make.
2. Not rough or harsh, Those rugged names to our like mouths grow sleek.
SLEEK, n. That which make smooth; varnish. [Little used.]
SLEEK, v.t.
1. To make even and smooth; as, to sleek the hair.
2. To render smooth, soft and glossy. Gentle, my lord, sleek o'er your rugged looks.
SLEEK, adv. With ease and dexterity; with exactness. [Vulgar.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: well-groomed and neatly tailored; especially too well- groomed; "sleek figures in expensive clothes"
2: designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow; "a streamlined convertible" [syn: streamlined, aerodynamic, flowing, sleek]
3: having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light; "glossy auburn hair"; "satiny gardenia petals"; "sleek black fur"; "silken eyelashes"; "silky skin"; "a silklike fabric"; "slick seals and otters" [syn: satiny, sleek, silken, silky, silklike, slick] v
1: make slick or smooth [syn: slick, sleek]

Merriam Webster's

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 adverb sleekness 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>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & v. --adj. 1 (of hair, fur, or skin, or an animal or person with such hair etc.) smooth and glossy. 2 looking well-fed and comfortable. 3 ingratiating. 4 (of a thing) smooth and polished. --v.tr. make sleek, esp. by stroking or pressing down. Derivatives: sleekly adv. sleekness n. sleeky adj. Etymology: later var. of SLICK

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sleek Sleek, n. A slick.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sleek Sleek, a. [Compar. Sleeker; 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 an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy; as, sleek hair. --Chaucer. So sleek her skin, so faultless was her make. --Dryden. 2. Not rough or harsh. Those rugged names to our like mouths grow sleek. --Milton.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sleek Sleek, adv. With ease and dexterity. [Low]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Sleek Sleek, n. That which makes smooth; varnish. [R.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. Sleeking her soft alluring locks. --Milton. Gentle, my lord, sleek o'er your rugged looks. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(sleeker, sleekest) 1. Sleek hair or fur is smooth and shiny and looks healthy. ...sleek black hair... The horse's sleek body gleamed. ADJ 2. If you describe someone as sleek, you mean that they look rich and stylish. Lord White is as sleek and elegant as any other multi millionaire businessman. ADJ 3. Sleek vehicles, furniture, or other objects look smooth, shiny, and expensive. ... a sleek white BMW. ...sleek modern furniture. ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. Smooth, glossy, silken, silky, satin. II. v. a. 1. Smooth, make even. 2. Soothe, appease, calm, tranquillize.

Moby Thesaurus

adipose, anal, balmy, blooming, blossoming, blubbery, booming, braw, buff, buffed, burnish, burnished, buttery, butyraceous, chic, chrismal, chrismatory, classy, clear, clothes-conscious, cosmopolitan, dapper, dashing, dinky, dressed to advantage, dressed to kill, elegant, exquisite, exuberant, fair, fat, fatty, fawning, finish, finished, flourishing, flowering, fruiting, furbish, furbished, genteel, glace, glance, glassy, glaze, glazed, gleaming, glistening, gloss, glossy, going strong, graceful, greasy, halcyon, hypocritical, in full swing, in good case, jaunty, lacquered, lardaceous, lardy, luster, lustrous, mucoid, natty, neat, nifty, nobby, oily, oleaginous, oleic, palmy, perfect, piping, polish, polished, posh, prospering, recherche, refine, rich, ritzy, rosy, round, rub, rubbed, satiny, scour, sebaceous, sharp, shellacked, shine, shining, shiny, shipshape, silken, silky, slick, slick down, slimy, slippery, smarmy, smart, smooth, smug, snazzy, snug, soapy, soigne, soignee, sophisticated, specious, spiffy, spruce, streamlined, style-conscious, suave, suety, swank, swanky, swell, tallowy, thriving, tidy, tight, tricksy, trig, trim, unctuous, unguent, unguentary, unguentous, varnish, varnished, velvety, vigorous, wax, well-cared-for, well-dressed, well-groomed

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