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1Scottish Artfully flattering or ingratiating.
- ‘The Scottish National Party leader's sleekit charm and verbal fluency have long wowed commentators who visit Scotland only during the Edinburgh festival.’
- 1.1 Sly or cunning:‘his sleekit public image is going to make permanent fame a daunting challenge’
- ‘He took a sleekit decision, in secret, to raid pension funds, costing millions of Scots billions of pounds.’
- ‘Their old feeding grounds have been colonised by a new breed of slippery and sleekit new Labourites which are simply too fast and too nimble for the lumbering old Conservatus.’
- ‘"They have done this closure in the most sleekit way," says Thomas Callender, who has worked at the Fullarton plant for eight years.’
2literary Having a glossy skin or surface.
Early 16th century: from sleek.
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