Sleek vs. Slick

By Jaxson

  • Sleek (adjective)

    Having an even, smooth surface; smooth

    “sleek hair”

  • Sleek (adjective)


  • Sleek (adjective)

    Not rough or harsh.

  • Sleek (adjective)

    Slim and streamlined; not plump, thick, or stocky.

  • Sleek (adverb)

    With ease and dexterity.

  • Sleek (verb)

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

  • Sleek (noun)

    That which makes smooth; varnish.

  • Slick (adjective)

    Slippery or smooth due to a covering of liquid; often used to describe appearances.

    “This rain is making the roads slick.”

    “The top coating of lacquer gives this finish a slick look.”

    “His large round head was shaved slick.”

  • Slick (adjective)

    Appearing expensive or sophisticated.

    “They read all kinds of slick magazines.”

  • Slick (adjective)

    Superficially convincing but actually untrustworthy.

    “That new sales rep is slick. Be sure to read the fine print before you buy anything.”

  • Slick (adjective)

    Clever, making an apparently hard task easy.

    “Our new process for extracting needles from haystacks is extremely slick.”

    “That was a slick move, locking your keys in the car.”

  • Slick (adjective)

    Extraordinarily great or special.

    “That is one slick bicycle: it has all sorts of features!”

  • Slick (adjective)

    sleek; smooth

  • Slick (noun)

    A covering of liquid, particularly oil.

    “Careful in turn three — there’s an oil slick on the road.”

    “The oil slick has now spread to cover the entire bay, critically endangering the sea life.”

  • Slick (noun)

    Someone who is clever and untrustworthy.

  • Slick (noun)

    A tool used to make something smooth or even.

  • Slick (noun)

    A tire with a smooth surface instead of a tread pattern, often used in auto racing.

    “You’ll go much faster if you put on slicks.”

  • Slick (noun)

    A helicopter.

  • Slick (noun)

    A camera-ready image to be used by a printer. The “slick” is photographed to produce a negative image which is then used to burn a positive offset plate or other printing device.

    “The project was delayed because the slick had not been delivered to the printer.”

  • Slick (noun)

    A wide paring chisel used in joinery.

  • Slick (verb)

    To make slick.

    “The surface had been slicked.”

  • Sleek (adjective)

    (of hair, fur, or skin) smooth and glossy

    “he was tall, with sleek, dark hair”

  • Sleek (adjective)

    (of an animal) having smooth, glossy hair or fur

    “a sleek black cat”

  • Sleek (adjective)

    (of a person) having a wealthy and well-groomed appearance

    “a sleek and ambitious junior Minister”

  • Sleek (adjective)

    (of an object) having an elegant, streamlined shape or design

    “his sleek black car slid through the traffic”

  • Sleek (adjective)

    ingratiating; unctuous

    “she gave Guy a sleek smile to underline her words”

  • Sleek (verb)

    make (hair) smooth and glossy

    “her black hair was sleeked down”

Oxford Dictionary

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