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[sil-kee] /ˈsɪl ki/
adjective, silkier, silkiest.
of or like silk; smooth, lustrous, soft, or delicate:
silky skin.
Botany. covered with fine, soft, closely set hairs, as a leaf.
Origin of silky
1605-15; silk + -y1
Related forms
silkily, adverb
silkiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for silky
  • silky smooth, luscious, and surprisingly good with chocolate sauce.
  • They are getting tired, and their legs are silky-smooth.
  • Cold, stiff frosting will look dull and clumpy, not silky and smooth.
  • silky smooth, luscious, and surprisingly good with chocolate sauce.
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  • If you want fragile, silky leg wear, stash an extra pair in your bag.
  • It's a lovely experience to swim in this silky, non-smelly water.
  • Some anteaters, the tamandua and the silky anteater, ply their trade in the trees.
  • Toasted whole-grain bread forms a foundation for garlicky greens and silky poached eggs.
  • The casual setting features hardwood floors, silky materials draping the walls and a patio for outdoor dining.
British Dictionary definitions for silky


adjective silkier, silkiest
resembling silk in texture; glossy
made of silk
(of a voice, manner, etc) suave; smooth
(botany) covered with long fine soft hairs: silky leaves
Derived Forms
silkily, adverb
silkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for silky

1610s, from silk + -y (2). Related: Silkily; silkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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