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What is the difference between the two adjectives: slick and sleek?
My dictionary returns almost the same explanation for both, like smooth and glossy.

Could someone explain when it would be more appropriate to use one or the other.
Thank you.

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Slick is a pejorative term, but sleek need not be. Otherwise they're pretty similar; obviously one is a variant of the other. They're not the only words in this boat, though. – John Lawler May 17 '14 at 22:18
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Both mean smooth or seeming to be smooth.

To me, slick is more about touch: slippery, and sleek is more about sight/appearance. A wet moss-covered surface is slick. A satin skirt is sleek.

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Yes, I think you're right. Sleek does seem to require vision, while slick is much more about tactile and balance sensations. Sleek curves is quite visual, whereas slick curves is either a metaphoric compliment or a reference to slipperiness. – John Lawler May 18 '14 at 2:24

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