sleek´ness

sleek´ness
sleek «sleek», adjective, verb.
–adj.
1. soft and glossy; smooth: »

sleek hair.

2. having smooth, soft skin, hair, or fur: »

a sleek cat.

3. Figurative. smooth of speech and manners: »

a sleek salesman. He had a look of sleek intelligence (Graham Greene).

4. having clean lines; trim; smooth: »

a sleek jet plane.

–v.t.
1. to smooth; remove roughness from.
2. to make smooth and glossy: »

Figurative. To sleek her ruffled peace of mind (Tennyson).

3. to make tidy: »

to sleek up a room.

[Middle English slike; see etym. under slick (Cf.slick)]
sleek´ly, adverb.
sleek´ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sleek — sleek·en; sleek·er; sleek·it; sleek·ly; sleek·ness; sleek; …   English syllables

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  • gloss´i|ness — gloss|y «GLS ee, GLOS », adjective, gloss|i|er, gloss|i|est, noun, plural gloss|ies. –adj. 1. smooth and shiny; highly polished; lustrous: » …   Useful english dictionary

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