Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “streak”

See all translations

streak

noun [C] uk   /striːk/ us  

streak noun [C] (MARK)

a long, thin mark that is easily noticed because it is very different from the area surrounding it: The window cleaner has left dirty streaks on the windows. I dye my hair to hide my grey streaks. Meteors produce streaks of light as they burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.

streak noun [C] (CHARACTERISTIC)

an often unpleasant characteristic that is very different from other characteristics: Her stubborn streak makes her very difficult to work with sometimes. You need to have a competitive streak when you're working in marketing.

streak noun [C] (SHORT PERIOD)

a short period of good or bad luck: I just hope my lucky streak continues until the world championships. Their longest losing streak has been three games. After winning a couple of bets, he thought he was on a winning streak.

streak

verb uk   /striːk/ us  

streak verb (MOVE FAST)

[I usually + adv/prep] to move somewhere extremely quickly, usually in a straight line: The motorbike streaked off down the street. Did you see that bird streak past the window?

streak verb (RUN NAKED)

[I] to run naked through a public place in order to attract attention or to express strong disapproval of something

streak verb (MARK)

be streaked to have long, thin noticeable lines of a different colour: Doesn't Chris look good with her hair streaked? Her clothes were streaked with mud. White marble is frequently streaked with grey, black, or green.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of streak from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of streak?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “streak” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

punt

a long, narrow boat with a flat bottom and a square area at each end, moved by a person standing on one of the square areas and pushing a long pole against the bottom of the river

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

dumbwalking noun

April 20, 2015
walking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

Read More