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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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  • He has silky black hair, with waves of grey and white in it.

    Mrs. Warren's Profession George Bernard Shaw
  • He was proud of himself, from his silky bangs to the tip of his tasselled tail.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • silky was delighted with the puppy, and allowed the little fellow to take all sorts of liberties with him.

    Hunter's Marjory Margaret Bruce Clarke
  • Their hair was long and thickly matted, and mixed with fine brown, silky wool.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • Some good strains have a mixture of silky coat with the hard, and this is preferable to a woolly coat.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
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.

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