From Middle English streke, from Old English strica, from Proto-Germanic *strikiz, from Proto-Indo-European *streyg- (“line”). Related to North Frisian strijck, Old Saxon striki, Middle Low German streke, Low German streek, Danish streg, Swedish streck, Norwegian Bokmål strek, Icelandic stryk, strykr, Dutch streek, Afrikaans streek, Old High German strih, German Strich, Gothic 𐍃𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌺𐍃 (striks).
streak (plural streaks)
- An irregular line left from smearing or motion.
- The picture I took out the car window had streaks.
- A continuous series of like events.
- I hope I can keep up this streak of accomplishments.
- I was on a winning streak until the fourth game, where I was dealt terrible cards.
- The color of the powder of a mineral. So called, because a simple field test for a mineral is to streak it against unglazed white porcelain.
- A moth of the family Geometridae, Chesias legatella.
- A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.
- She's a quiet, bookish person, but she has a rebellious streak.
- 2020 November 14, Phil McNulty, “England 0-0 Brazil”, in BBC News:
- Rashford showed the fearless streak Southgate so admires with his constant willingness to run at Brazil's defence with pace, even demonstrating on occasion footwork that would not have been out of place from members of England's illustrious opposition.
- (shipbuilding) A strake.
- A rung or round of a ladder.
- The act of streaking, or running naked through a public area
- (intransitive) To have or obtain streaks.
- If you clean a window in direct sunlight, it will streak.
- (intransitive, slang) To run naked in public. (Contrast flash)
- It was a pleasant game until some guy went streaking across the field.
- (transitive) To create streaks.
- You will streak a window by cleaning it in direct sunlight.
- 1851 November 14, Herman Melville, chapter 32, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299, page 157:
- Though his entire back down to his side fins is of a deep sable, yet a boundary line, distinct as the mark in a ship’s hull, called the “bright waist,” that line streaks him from stem to stern, with two separate colours, black above and white below.
- (transitive) To move very swiftly.
- (obsolete, Britain, Scotland) To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.