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sleek1

[sleek] /slik/
adjective, sleeker, sleekest.
1.
smooth or glossy, as hair, an animal, etc.
2.
well-fed or well-groomed.
3.
trim and graceful; finely contoured; streamlined:
a sleek sports car.
4.
smooth in manners, speech, etc.; suave.
5.
cleverly or deceitfully skillful; slick:
a sleek confidence man.
Origin of sleek1
1580-1590
1580-90; variant of slick1
Related forms
sleekly, adverb
sleekness, noun
Synonyms
5. smooth, suave.

sleek2

or sleeken

[sleek] /slik/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make sleek; smooth; slick:
to sleek leather.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English sleken, variant of slick2
Related forms
sleeker, noun
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  • You look just like a seal with your sleek head and your brown eyes.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • With these steeds, so well fitted for hunting, were twelve sleek, fleet hounds.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • With the thaw there came a groom every afternoon with a sleek and beautiful mare in case Miss McIntyre should care to ride.

    The Doings Of Raffles Haw Arthur Conan Doyle
  • She stroked the sleek necks of the colts and handed them bunches of grass.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • "That's part of my business," he heard Burnham say in his sleek, oleaginous accents.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for sleek

sleek

/sliːk/
adjective
1.
smooth and shiny; polished
2.
polished in speech or behaviour; unctuous
3.
(of an animal or bird) having a shiny healthy coat or feathers
4.
(of a person) having a prosperous appearance
verb (transitive)
5.
to make smooth and glossy, as by grooming, etc
6.
(usually foll by over) to cover (up), as by making more agreeable; gloss (over)
Derived Forms
sleekly, adverb
sleekness, noun
sleeky, adjective
Word Origin
C16: variant of slick
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Word Origin and History for sleek
adj.

1580s, variant of Middle English slike (see slick (adj.)). Originally of healthy-looking animal hair; applied to persons 1630s, with sense of "plump and smooth-skinned." Figurative meaning "slick, fawning, flattering" is from 1590s.

v.

"make sleek," mid-15c., a variant of slick (v.). Related: Sleeked; sleeking.

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