Definition of slinky in US English:



  • Graceful and sinuous in movement, line, or figure.

    ‘a slinky black evening dress’
    • ‘Rather, picture your boyfriend's smile when he sees you in a slinky dress that fits again, thanks to your regular workouts.’
    • ‘The pieces made from a combination of chenille and Lycra were slinky, sexy and very wearable.’
    • ‘She longs to be able to wear strappy sandals and a slinky dress with sequins.’
    • ‘A girdle went along with the slinky gown, but only to place more emphasis on the waist.’
    • ‘I can imagine Coco in a sheer slinky dress waving a tiny flag as the Presidential motorcade passed by.’
    • ‘Kate had a very short and slinky dress in black, also with matching bag and shoes - totally inappropriate for Vicky's 21st birthday ball.’
    • ‘It was a black halter slinky mini dress that hugged me in all the right places.’
    • ‘His role is to be ‘controversial'. He told her to lose weight if she wanted to wear slinky dresses.’
    • ‘Fabrics offer luxurious style in rich velvets, sheer chiffon, shiny satin and slinky jerseys.’
    • ‘We'd hit more than a dozen stores and ended up buying a slinky dress at the very first store we'd started at.’
    • ‘The slinky black dress she was wearing was even tighter than something Rebecca would wear, and laced all the way down the sides.’
    • ‘The black slinky dress hugged her curves and emphasized her generous bosom.’
    • ‘And if the day turns a bit chilly, it's simple just to layer up by wearing a slinky vest underneath, and trousers with a slouchy belt.’
    • ‘Try a red slinky dress and comfortable undergarments.’
    • ‘The tight, slinky, black dress she wore showed off her perfect figure.’
    • ‘I looked in my closet and found a black slinky dress.’
    • ‘You may even buy a slinky dress off the rack without trying it on.’
    • ‘Candles are glimmering, a piano is playing, pretty women in slinky dresses and high heels sway fetchingly down the staircase.’
    • ‘A lady in a slinky black cocktail dress was playing it with long nimble fingers.’
    • ‘It appears on everything from slinky skirts and fitted dresses to sexy tops and biker jackets, not to mention accessories such as skinny belts, sassy mules and stiletto boots.’
    tight, clinging, tight-fitting, close-fitting, figure-hugging, skintight, sheath-like
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  • A toy consisting of a flexible helical spring that can be made to somersault down steps.

    • ‘Imagine having a Slinky spring laid out on the ground, with one end fixed.’
    • ‘The trail winds like a stretched Slinky and the drops get steeper, but Alison doesn't touch her brakes.’
    • ‘It's as if he's steeling himself for the moment when Billy explodes out of a privy, banging against the walls pinball-style and careening down the road like a Slinky on ecstasy.’
    • ‘The secret is a magnetic coil that looks much like a Slinky toy, placed between the plasma source and the substrate to be coated.’
    • ‘He buys an astroblaster, a couple of air bazookas, some magnetic marbles, a hydro-gyroscope, and a Slinky.’