Meaning of “streak” in the English Dictionary

"streak" in English

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streaknoun [ C ]

uk /striːk/ us /striːk/


uk /striːk/ us /striːk/

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 verb(s)

(Definition of “streak” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"streak" in American English

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streaknoun [ C ]

us /strik/

streak noun [ C ] (MARK)

a mark of a color that is different from what surrounds it, or a thin strip of light:

Streaks of gray and black colored the marble.
The comet appeared as a dazzling streak in the sky.

streak noun [ C ] (CHARACTERISTIC)

an obvious characteristic in a personality:

He seems to have a mean streak that I hadn’t noticed before.

streak noun [ C ] (PERIOD)

a period during which a series of things happens:

What will the team do after this memorable eight-game winning streak?


us /strik/

streak verb (MOVE FAST)

[ I always + adv/prep ] to move quickly:

The space shuttle rose from its launching pad and streaked into the sky.

streak verb (MARK)

[ T ] to make lines of a different color in or on something:

Her cheeks were streaked with sweat and dirt.

(Definition of “streak” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"streak" in Business English

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streaknoun [ C, usually singular ]

uk /striːk/ us

a period of time during which something continues to happen, for example to go up or down in value or to succeed or fail:

a streak of sth Stocks tumbled Thursday, ending a three-session streak of record highs.
a winning/losing streak Wall Street broke a three-day losing streak as the Dow closed up 137.33 points at 9188.15.

a part of someone's personality:

an ambitous/competitive/independent streak
a streak of determination/independence/arrogance

(Definition of “streak” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)