• WordNet 3.6
    • adj silky having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light "glossy auburn hair","satiny gardenia petals","sleek black fur","silken eyelashes","silky skin","a silklike fabric","slick seals and otters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered how to make silk from silkworm cocoons. For about 3,000 years, the Chinese kept this discovery a secret. Because poor people could not afford real silk, they tried to make other cloth look silky. Women would beat on cotton with sticks to soften the fibers. Then they rubbed it against a big stone to make it shiny. The shiny cotton was called "chintz." Because chintz was a cheaper copy of silk, calling something "chintzy" means it is cheap and not of good quality.
    • Silky Covered with soft hairs pressed close to the surface, as a leaf; sericeous.
    • Silky Hence, soft and smooth; as, silky wine.
    • Silky Of or pertaining to silk; made of, or resembling, silk; silken; silklike; as, a silky luster.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • silky Having the qualities or properties of silk, as smoothness and luster; sericeous.
    • silky Same as silken.
    • silky In botany, covered with long, very slender, close-pressed, glistening hairs; sericeous.
    • silky Smooth to the taste.
    • n silky The silk-fowl: the more usual name in America.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Silky like silk in texture: soft: smooth: glossy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. seolc—L. sericum—Gr. sērikon, neut. of adj. Sērikos, pertaining to the SēresSēr, a native of China.


In literature:

He was trying to pierce through that Spanish armor of smiles and gestures and silky tones and see what lay beneath.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He patted the silky head.
"The Fatal Glove" by Clara Augusta Jones Trask
So smoothly silky, so dreamily sweet-running, a pouring of cream!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, February 4, 1920" by Various
Then Dick went well out into the barrack-yard, and called quietly to Jan. Instantly the long, silky ears lifted.
"Jan" by A. J. Dawson
Her head settled upon his shoulder; her light brown hair, loosened from the comb, fell over it in silky masses.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
The hair of these people was very slightly wavy, and softer than that of the modern Indian; in fact, almost silky.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
Topaz bounded to his lap and Gabriel pulled the long silky ears through his hands thoughtfully.
"Jewel's Story Book" by Clara Louise Burnham
The official surveyor was a fat-cheeked, handsome man, with a silky brown beard, an effeminate voice, and prodigious self-conceit.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
The sea heaved in long, silky billows.
"The Book of Missionary Heroes" by Basil Mathews
The jacket was blue, of a silky texture, their own work, and bordered with small gold chain.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The light wind overhead set the leaves talking, and their silky rustle sounded sharp through the low murmur of the near sea.
"The Romance of the Coast" by James Runciman
I made no response, but stretched my tired limbs out between the silky old sheets and again lost consciousness.
"The Golden Bird" by Maria Thompson Daviess
It was a silky white taffeta over yellow, and as she moved light seemed to run through the folds like liquid gold.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Last of all came a portly waiting-maid, carrying a silky-haired spaniel on a cushion under each arm.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
Anthony, a little on one side, stood watching and wondering at this silky tigress who raged so fiercely just now.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
Among these are the Hamburg, Polish, Sultan, Silkie, and the many Bantam breeds.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
At the same instant something long and supple, like a thick, silky rope, slid down from above.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
This is made of thick beaver-looking felt, with a soft silky surface.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
When first placed in its new home the Tegenaria began spinning tunnels of white silky web in various directions across the box.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
This structure fully accounts for the silky lustre possessed by the mercerised fibres.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech

In poetry:

But not a sweeter fresher maid
Than this in homely cotton,
Whose pleasant face and silky braid
I have not yet forgotten.
"A Farm Walk" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Upon the mat she lies and leers and on the
tawny throat of her
Flutters the soft and silky fur or ripples to her
pointed ears.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
There builds her nest the humming-bird,
Within the ancient wood —
Her nest of silky cotton down —
And rears her tiny brood.
"The Humming-Bird" by Mary Botham Howitt
How the sun-god's bright caresses,
When we rode at sunet there,
Plaited among your braided tresses,
Gleaming on your silky hair.
"At The River Crossing" by Harry Breaker Morant
We know she'll grow a peerless one,
With skin all white and pearly;
And laughing eyes, and auburn locks,
All silky, soft and curly.
"Our Helen" by Effie Afton
But when her baby fingers pull
This glossy, sleek, and silky treasure,
My cup of happiness is full -
I fairly glow with pride and pleasure!
"Beard And Baby" by Eugene Field

In news:

Simpli OatShake (, winner of BevNET Live's Best New Smoothie award for 2011, is expanding its OatShake family with OatShake Coffee, a silky smooth non-dairy gourmet coffee blend.
The lemon-apple flavors and silky texture of Grenache Blanc make it one of the few whites that pair with all three of the elements in this dish—tuna, kimchi and scallions .
The scallop is gently grilled around the edges, and it's silky all the way through.
Silky, sorrowful, sad, and sugary.
When Norah Jones gets tired of her usual silky pop, it appears she need to let her country soul shine.
Part silky, part steamy, always with a passion simmering underneath.
She has a lion cut right now, but her luxurious coat is growing in, silky and smooth.
Davy has beautiful silky shiny fur with pretty eyes.
Silky Terrier FEMALE 4 YEARS OLD  Los Angeles, CA.
Moves at a silky 60 frames per second.
Get shiny hair, silky skin and more this winter.
A big, black, silky cat slithers out of a nook from a North Miami Beach plaza.
They're called Silkie chickens because of their silk-like feathers.
Somalis are well-proportioned, medium to large cats with firm muscular development and a medium-length, soft and silky coat that requires little grooming.
This casserole is a Stevens favorite: silky pureed sweet potatoes topped with a sweet and crunchy pecan-cornflake topping.