What does sleek mean?

Definitions for sleek

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sleek.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sleekadjective

    well-groomed and neatly tailored; especially too well-groomed

    "sleek figures in expensive clothes"

  2. streamlined, aerodynamic, flowing, sleekadjective

    designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow

    "a streamlined convertible"

  3. satiny, sleek, silken, silky, silklike, slickverb

    having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light

    "glossy auburn hair"; "satiny gardenia petals"; "sleek black fur"; "silken eyelashes"; "silky skin"; "a silklike fabric"; "slick seals and otters"

  4. slick, sleekverb

    make slick or smooth


  1. sleeknoun

    That which makes smooth; varnish.

  2. sleekverb

    To make smooth or glossy; to polish or cause to be attractive.

  3. sleekadverb

    With ease and dexterity.

  4. sleekadjective

    Having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy; as, sleek hair.

  5. sleekadjective

    Not rough or harsh.

  6. Etymology: Late variant of slick.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sleeknoun

    Smooth; nitid; glossy.

    Etymology: sleych, Dutch.

    Let me have men about me that are fat,
    Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights. William Shakespeare.

    How eagerly ye follow my disgrace,
    As if it fed ye; and how sleek and wanton
    Y’ appear in ev’ry thing may bring my ruin. William Shakespeare.

    Yet are the men more loose than they,
    More kemb’d, and bath’d, and rub’d, and trim’d,
    More sleek’d, more soft, and slacker limb’d. Ben Jonson.

    What time the groves were clad in green,
    The fields all drest in flowers,
    And that the sleek-hair’d nymphs were seen,
    To seek them summer bowers. Michael Drayton.

    The purest pasteboard, with a sleek stone rub smooth, and as even as you can. Henry Peacham.

    As in gaze admiring, oft he bow’d
    His turret crest, and sleek enamel’d neck,
    Fawning. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Those rugged names to our like mouths grow sleek,
    That would have made Quintilian stare and gasp. John Milton.

    Thy head and hair are sleek,
    And then thou kemb’st the tuzzes on thy cheek. Dryden.

    So sleek her skin, so faultless was her make,
    Ev’n Juno did unwilling pleasure take
    To see so fair a rival. Dryden.

  2. To Sleekverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    By dead Parthenope’s dear tomb,
    And fair Ligea’s golden comb,
    Wherewith she sits on diamond rocks,
    Sleeking her soft alluring locks. John Milton.

    Gentle my lord, sleek o’er your rugged looks;
    Be bright and jovial ’mong your guests to night. William Shakespeare.

    She does sleek
    With crumbs of bread and milk, and lies a-nights
    In her neat gloves. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    A sheet of well sleeked marble paper did not cast any of its distinct colours upon the wall. Boyle.

    The persuasive rhetorick
    That sleek’d his tongue, and won so much on Eve,
    So little here, nay lost. John Milton.

    A cruise of fragrance, form’d of burnish’d gold,
    Odour divine! whose soft refreshing streams
    Sleek the smooth skin, and scent the snowy limbs. Alexander Pope.


  1. sleek

    Sleek generally refers to something that is smooth, glossy, and elegantly stylish or streamlined. It often refers to objects or designs, but can also be used to describe animals or physical appearances.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sleek

    having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy; as, sleek hair

  2. Sleek

    not rough or harsh

  3. Sleekadverb

    with ease and dexterity

  4. Sleeknoun

    that which makes smooth; varnish

  5. Sleekverb

    to make even and smooth; to render smooth, soft, and glossy; to smooth over

  6. Etymology: [OE. slik; akin to Icel. slkr, and OE. sliken to glide, slide, G. schleichen, OHG. slhhan, D. slik, slijk, mud, slime, and E. slink. Cf. Slick, Slink.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sleek

    slēk, adj. smooth: glossy: soft, not rough: insinuating, plausible: dexterous.—v.t. to make smooth or glossy: to calm or soothe.—v.i. to glide.—advs. Sleek, Slick, neatly.—v.t. Sleek′en, to make smooth or sleek.—ns. Sleek′er, Slick′er, a tool for dressing the surface of leather.—adj. Sleek′-head′ed, having a smooth head.—n. Sleek′ing, the act of making smooth.—adj. Sleek′it (Scot.), having a smooth skin: sly, cunning, fair-spoken.—adv. Sleek′ly.—ns. Sleek′ness; Sleek′-stone, a smooth stone used for polishing anything.—adj. Sleek′y, smooth: sly, untrustworthy. [Scand., Ice. slíkr, sleek; cf. Dut. slijk, Ger. schlick, grease.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SLEEK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sleek is ranked #89403 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sleek surname appeared 207 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sleek.

    88.4% or 183 total occurrences were White.
    5.8% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.9% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.4% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. keels

  2. leeks

  3. skeel

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleek in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleek in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sleek in a Sentence

  1. Peggy Noonan, speechwriter for the Reagan administration:

    I first saw President Reagan as a foot, highly polished brown cordovan wagging merrily on a hassock. I spied it through the door. It was a beautiful foot, sleek. Such casual elegance and clean lines! But not a big foot, not formidable, maybe a little ...frail. I imagined cradling it in my arms, protecting it from unsmooth roads.

  2. Northrop Grumman:

    . The new strike bomber will start deploying in about a decade. The aircraft is expected to replace the nearly four-decades old B-1 as well as the legendary B-52 Stratofortress that has served the country for about six decades. Related : Marine Corps ' new helicopter completes Marine Corps ' new helicopter first flight This new bomber will be fully loaded with lots of technologies and next-gen innovations that are cloaked in secrecy. Marine Corps ' new helicopter may even withstand nuclear weapon-generated electromagnetic pulses( EMPs) and still operate. What will Marine Corps ' new helicopter be like ? The military has kept details of the wish list for its new bomber classified. During the Super Bowl, Northrop Grumman’s ad featured a new aircraft shrouded in mystery – literally cloaked at one point. Some industry experts believe this was a representation of Northrop’s vision for the new mysterious bomber. B-2 We can look to the B-2 bomber, also made by Northrop Grumman, for an idea of what we might expect. The B-2 aircraft has been a mainstay for the military with The B-2 aircraft stealth long-range and big payload strike bomber capabilities. Related : Navy taps Raytheon for sophisticated' last chance' gun system The B-2 Spirit Bomber carries a crew of two and took its first flight in 1989 and entered the operational fleet in 1993. The original B-2 fleet was 21 aircraft. The four 19,000-pound-thrust F118-GE engines give the B-2 its power, allowing it to fly more than 600 miles per hour. With a 172-foot wingspan, the B-2 can fly to a ceiling of 50,000 feet. B-2 is built for stealth. During the Cold War, it was designed to beat air defense systems, penetrating deep into Soviet Union airspace and deliver a nuclear bomb if necessary. Cold War design allows it to evade radar and makes it tough to detect. Instead of metal, the structure is made from advanced composites like resin-impregnated graphite fiber. Related : Meet' Viper' - the newest F-16 Fighter The aircraft can travel a very long range - to approximately 6,000 nautical miles. If the aircraft is refueled while in the air, then it can fly even farther - an additional 4,000 miles without landing. The B-2 Spirit Bomber can carry more than 40,000 pounds of nuclear or conventional munitions – that’s the kind of power that can dramatically change the battle space in one flight. The aircraft is designed to deliver these munitions precisely on target even in adverse weather conditions. Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri is home to the majority of the current B-2 fleet. The aircraft has deployed recently in combat in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq. Related : 11 stunning F-22 fighter jet images Since it was introduced more than 20 years ago, many advances have been incorporated to improve the B-2's lethality. The aircraft’s ability to receive updated target data while in the midst of a mission was also improved. Other upgrade programs improved the B-2’s capabilities to collect, process and then distribute battlefield data to teams throughout the world. The sleek B-2 has a unique flying wing design that supports its radar evasion and hard to detect design. The Super Bowl commercial showed a sort of bat wing shape, similar to B-2, but the specs of the new plane have remained secret. The Air Force has made the right decision for our nation's security, as the company that developed and delivered the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, we look forward to providing The Air Force with a highly-capable and affordable next-generation Long-Range Strike Bomber.

  3. Julius Caesar:

    Let me have men about me that are fat; Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o'nights: Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

  4. Nicole Phelps:

    The fashion industry is 100 percent in love with iPhone, the Apple Watch looks like an Apple product, it looks good and sleek, and you have the market behind it.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    Let me have men about me that are fat, Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look He thinks too much such men are dangerous.

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    having or resembling a stinger or barb
    A tacky
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