Definition of slinky in US English:


adjectiveslinkier, slinkiest

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

    ‘a slinky black evening dress’
    • ‘Fabrics offer luxurious style in rich velvets, sheer chiffon, shiny satin and slinky jerseys.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You may even buy a slinky dress off the rack without trying it on.’
    • ‘A lady in a slinky black cocktail dress was playing it with long nimble fingers.’
    • ‘The tight, slinky, black dress she wore showed off her perfect figure.’
    • ‘A girdle went along with the slinky gown, but only to place more emphasis on the waist.’
    • ‘Kate had a very short and slinky dress in black, also with matching bag and shoes - totally inappropriate for Vicky's 21st birthday ball.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rather, picture your boyfriend's smile when he sees you in a slinky dress that fits again, thanks to your regular workouts.’
    • ‘She longs to be able to wear strappy sandals and a slinky dress with sequins.’
    • ‘Candles are glimmering, a piano is playing, pretty women in slinky dresses and high heels sway fetchingly down the staircase.’
    • ‘I looked in my closet and found a black slinky dress.’
    • ‘Try a red slinky dress and comfortable undergarments.’
    • ‘The pieces made from a combination of chenille and Lycra were slinky, sexy and very wearable.’
    • ‘The slinky black dress she was wearing was even tighter than something Rebecca would wear, and laced all the way down the sides.’
    • ‘We'd hit more than a dozen stores and ended up buying a slinky dress at the very first store we'd started at.’
    • ‘I can imagine Coco in a sheer slinky dress waving a tiny flag as the Presidential motorcade passed by.’
    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.

    • ‘The trail winds like a stretched Slinky and the drops get steeper, but Alison doesn't touch her brakes.’
    • ‘Imagine having a Slinky spring laid out on the ground, with one end fixed.’
    • ‘He buys an astroblaster, a couple of air bazookas, some magnetic marbles, a hydro-gyroscope, and a Slinky.’
    • ‘The secret is a magnetic coil that looks much like a Slinky toy, placed between the plasma source and the substrate to be coated.’
    • ‘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.’