A streak is a mark or characteristic. What makes you keep trying to wipe the streak of permanent marker off the white couch — your clean streak or your stubborn streak?

Like a mark or stain, a streak in a person is a characteristic or strain that runs through them — like a mean streak. The noun streak can also refer to an unbroken chain of events — you’ll want a lucky streak to keep going and a losing streak to come to a quick end. As a verb, to streak means to dash, sometimes without clothes. If you talk a blue streak, you’ve got a lot to say, very quickly.

Definitions of streak

n a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background

bar, stripe
band, banding, stria, striation
a stripe or stripes of contrasting color
(zoology) an encircling band or marking around the neck of any animal
stretch mark
a narrow band resulting from tension on the skin (as on abdominal skin after pregnancy)
Type of:
a pattern of marks

n a distinctive characteristic

“he has a stubborn streak
“a streak of wildness”
Type of:
a distinguishing quality

n a sudden flash (as of lightning)

Type of:
a sudden intense burst of radiant energy

n an unbroken series of events

“had a streak of bad luck”
losing streak
a streak of losses
winning streak
a streak of wins
Type of:
a group of people or things arranged or following in order

v mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained

blotch, mottle
Type of:
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize
add color to

v move quickly in a straight line

“The plane streaked across the sky”
Type of:
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v run naked in a public place

Type of:
move fast by using one's feet, with one foot off the ground at any given time

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