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[sling-kee] /ˈslɪŋ ki/
adjective, slinkier, slinkiest.
characterized by or proceeding with slinking or stealthy movements.
made of soft, often clinging material that follows the figure closely and flows with body movement:
a slinky gown.
Origin of slinky
1915-20; slink + -y1
Related forms
slinkily, adverb
slinkiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slinky
  • If you'd wear more of those slinky items, they wouldn't sit all folded up in the cabinet to attract the bald feline.
  • He wears a dense gold watch and opal cufflinks and a slinky bracelet made of medieval crosses and diamonds.
  • My slinky sorceress' robe will have a chain mail foundation garment, at minimum.
  • Place an outstretched slinky toy or a rolled-up piece of plastic mesh netting or chicken wire over the area.
  • The slinky, hump-backed creep of a weasel reminds us of a burglar up to no good.
British Dictionary definitions for slinky


adjective (informal) slinkier, slinkiest
moving in a sinuously graceful or provocative way
(of clothes) figure-hugging; clinging
characterized by furtive movements
Derived Forms
slinkily, adverb
slinkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for slinky

"sinuous and slender," of women or clothes, 1921, from slink + -y (2). Related: Slinkily; slinkiness. As a proprietary name (with capital from S-) for a coil of spring marketed as a toy, 1948, by James Industries Inc., Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slinky

sling ink

verb phrase

To write, esp as a newspaper reporter or otherwise professionally (1864+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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