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fleek (1)

other word formation type novel creation; adjective
Well-styled and aesthetically pleasing, particularly in reference to eyebrows.
 
Fleek is commonly used in the phrase “on fleek”, which was popularized by the video in which it was coined. The term clearly embodies spatial metaphor, similarly to the phrase “on point”. Fleek also rhymes with sleek, whose similar meaning when describing hair may have subconsciously influenced the coining of the word. The term was coined spontaneously for no conscious reason, with creator Kayla Newman describing its coining as “I just said it… That’s about it.”
Etymology : Novel creation from a Vine in which Chicago high-schooler Kayla Newman describes her eyebrows as “on fleek” (Newsweek, Meet the Chicago Teen Behind Fleek).
Source : “I want your eyebrows. They’re so on fleek!” (Friend, November 2016)
Last modified: 27 November 2017


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