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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Smooth and lustrous as if polished; glossy: brushed her hair until it was sleek.
  • adj. Well-groomed and neatly tailored.
  • adj. Healthy or well-fed; thriving.
  • adj. Polished or smooth in manner, especially in an unctuous way; slick.
  • transitive v. To make sleek; slick: sleeked his hair with pomade.
  • transitive v. To gloss over; conceal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy; as, sleek hair.
  • adj. Not rough or harsh.
  • adv. With ease and dexterity.
  • v. To make smooth or glossy; to polish or cause to be attractive.
  • n. That which makes smooth; varnish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having an even, smooth surface; smooth; hence, glossy.
  • adj. Not rough or harsh.
  • adv. With ease and dexterity.
  • n. That which makes smooth; varnish.
  • n. A slick.
  • transitive v. To make even and smooth; to render smooth, soft, and glossy; to smooth over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Smooth; glossy; soft: as, sleek hair; a sleek skin.
  • Oily; plausible; insinuating; flattering: as, a sleek rogue; a sleek tongue.
  • Dexterous; skilful; neat in execution or action: as, a sleek or slick bowler.
  • n. A smooth, shining place or spot.
  • To make smooth and glossy on the surface: as, to sleek or slick the hair.
  • Technically— In currying and leather-dressing, to smooth the surface of (leather) by rubbing with an implement called a slicker.
  • In hat-making, to attach (fur) to felt by hand-work.
  • To smooth; remove roughness from.
  • Figuratively, to calm; soothe.
  • To move in a smooth manner; glide; sweep. Compare slike.
  • In a sleek or slick manner; with ease and dexterity; neatly; skilfully.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
  • adj. well-groomed and neatly tailored; especially too well-groomed
  • adj. designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow
  • v. make slick or smooth

Etymologies

Variant of slick.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late variant of slick. (Wiktionary)

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