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Origin unknown. Early entries for fleek in Urban Dictionary date to 2003 (defined as "smooth, nice, sweet") and 2009 (defined as "awesome"). Compare fly and sleek. The term was popularized by Chicago-area teen Kayla Newman posted on Vine on June 21, 2014,[1] under her username "Peaches Monroee."[2], in which Newman, who had just had her eyebrows done for the first time, proudly declares "eyebrows on fleek."[2] Newman has claimed that the word "just came to [her] out of the blue. Though the suggestion has circulated that 'On Fleek' may have derived from the Afrikaans word ongelooflik, meaning 'incredible' or 'unbelievable'"[2]

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on fleek (comparative more on fleek, superlative most on fleek)

  1. (slang, African American Vernacular, of eyebrows or hair) Sleek and perfectly groomed or styled.
    • 2014, Ryan Ghisetti, "New brow-raising trend emerges", The Pepperbox (Arcata High School, Arcata, California), Volume 87, Issue 1, 15 October 2014, page 30:
      “I'm definitely pro-eyebrow, but don't go overboard. You gotta have your eyebrows filled in just the right amount for them to be on fleek,*” [said] Senior Raven Johnson.
    • 2015, Deborah Collins, Down Bad, Xlibris, →ISBN (hardcover), →ISBN (softcover), chapter 25, unkown:
      Her hair was on fleek or whatever them dumb hoes be saying on Instagram.
    • 2015, Wanya Williams, "Keepin' it Real or Keepin' a Weave", The Tam News (Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California), Volume 10, Number 6, April 2015, page 23:
      One day their weave might be “on fleek” (looking good) then the next morning they wake up looking like Django when he was chained, and that's a scary sight.
    • 2017 December 22, “Exploring the Future of Makeup with the Highly-Contoured Teens of Beautycon”, in Broadly:
      “I used to say Natalia looked fit,” she explains, “but now I'm like, 'Your eyebrows are on fleek.'”
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:on fleek.
  2. (slang, African American Vernacular, of an article of clothing or outfit) Stylish and perfectly chosen or put together.
    • 2015, Abagail Kruise, "Don't make social media a top priority, spend some time offline with loved ones", The BG News (Bowling Green State University), Volume 94, Issue 54, 20 January 2015, page 4:
      There is nothing wrong with wanting to document good times, on-fleek outfits and maybe even a particularly scrumptious Starbucks order.
    • 2015, Xosha Roquemore, quoted in Dio Anthony, "Xosha Roquemore: The Realist", Bello Magazine, February 2015, page 92:
      Your coat has to really be on fleek to be dope in New York.
    • 2015, Jessica Leigh Lebos, "Catching shades of Grey", Connect Savannah, 4 February 2015 - 10 February 2015, page 10:
      After several costume changes, I settled on an acceptably less-crazy dress and boots. It's just that I was so damn excited about my first trip to The Grey and I needed my look on fleek, OK?
    • 2017 December 5, “Anna Murphy: A bustier is still a killer way to power-dress”, in The Times:
      No wonder her fashion choices are on fleek.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:on fleek.
  3. (African American Vernacular, slang) Perfect; spot on; flawless.
    • 2015, Jalen Luter, quoted in April Oberman, "The four food groups in the South: Home-cooked cuisine to live by", The Crimson Crier (Sparkman High School, Harvest, Alabama), Issue 6, 19 March 2015, page 8:
      Mama's fried chicken is on fleek. Popeye's is a close second, but mama's is number one.
    • 2015, Eleni P. Austin, "Kate Pierson: 'Guitars and Microphones' (Lazy Meadow Music)", Coachella Valley Week, Volume 4, Number 2, 2 April 2015 - 8 April 2015, page 14:
      The vocal interplay between Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson was (as the kids say), on fleek.
    • 2015, "Horoscopes", Cosmopolitan (Australia), June 2015, page 177:
      Your career game will be on fleek.
    • 2017 December 14, Nick Doublas, “The Best Denver, CO Hacks From Our Readers”, in Lifehacker:
      If you want to do outdoorsy things, follow the crowds to Clear Creek Canyon for climbing, Mt. Evans for hiking/climbing, and Summit County for skiing/snowboarding. Be mindful that Summit County is totes legit and your kit must be on fleek.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:on fleek.

AdverbEdit

on fleek (comparative more on fleek, superlative most on fleek)

  1. (slang) In a sleek or stylish manner.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ St. Felix, Doreen, "Black Teens Are Breaking The Internet And Seeing None Of The Profits", The Fader, 2015-12-03
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Max Kunter, " The video became viral and quickly became popularised after that. Meet the Chicago Teen Behind ‘On Fleek’", Newsweek, 3 March 2015