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[sleek] /slik/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make sleek; smooth; slick:
to sleek leather.
Also, sleeken.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English sleken, variant of slick2
Related forms
sleeker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sleeken

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 sleeken

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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