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Streak vs. Streek: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on October 2, 2023
"Streak" generally refers to a line, stripe, or series of occurrences, while "Streek" is an archaic or dialectal term meaning to stretch or extend.

Key Differences

"Streak" is a word with various applications, often describing a line or stripe distinct from its surroundings, like a streak of lightning across the sky. "Streek," on the other hand, is seldom used in modern English; it's an archaic term generally meaning to stretch or extend, often in the context of spreading something flat.
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Both "Streak" and "Streek" are nouns and can also be used as verbs. A "streak" could refer to a series of successes or failures; for instance, a winning streak in sports. "Streek" as a verb means to stretch or lay out, usually in the context of clothes or linens.
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When considering the grammatical structure, "streak" can often be used as an adjective, as in "streak-free finish," while "streek" rarely serves this function due to its archaic status. In modern usage, you would be far more likely to encounter "streak" in both written and spoken English.
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Sep 18, 2023
Finally, while "streak" is a term that continues to evolve, finding applications in contexts like data analysis to describe patterns, "streek" remains mostly unchanged and is seldom used outside historical or very specific regional contexts.
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Comparison Chart

Commonality

Common
Rare/Archaic
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Parts of Speech

Noun, Verb, Adjective
Noun, Verb
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Usage Context

Various
Historically specific
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Modern Applications

Yes
No
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Evolution

Continuously evolving
Mostly unchanged
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Streak and Streek Definitions

Streak

A characteristic tendency.
Her rebellious streak got her into trouble.
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Sep 18, 2023
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Streek

Archaic term for laying out a corpse.
They streked the body for burial.
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Streak

A trace or small amount.
There was a streak of sadness in his eyes.
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Streek

To stretch or extend.
He streked the linen before hanging it.
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Streak

A line, mark, smear, or band differentiated by color or texture from its surroundings.
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Streek

To straighten.
He streked the bent nail with a hammer.
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Sep 18, 2023
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Streak

An inherent, often contrasting quality
"There was a streak of wildness in him" (Olga Carlisle).
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Streek

To spread out flat.
She streked the map on the table.
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Sep 18, 2023

Streak

A ray or flash of light
The first streaks of dawn.
A streak of lightning.
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Streek

Dialectal term for arranging or putting in order.
I need to streek the house before the guests arrive.
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Sep 18, 2023

Streak

A brief run or stretch, as of luck.
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Streek

To stretch.
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Streak

An unbroken series, as of wins or losses.
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Streek

To lay out, as a dead body.
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Streak

(Mineralogy) The color of the fine powder produced when a mineral is rubbed against a hard surface. Used as a distinguishing characteristic.
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Streek

To stretch; also, to lay out, as a dead body. See Streak.
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Streak

(Botany) Any of various viral diseases of plants characterized by the appearance of discolored stripes on the leaves or stems.
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Streak

(Microbiology) A sample of microorganisms that has been introduced into a solid culture medium by a needle drawn across its surface.
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Streak

To mark with streaks
Rain streaking the pavement.
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Streak

To make streaks of a different, usually lighter color in (hair) using a chemical preparation.
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Streak

(Microbiology) To inoculate (a culture medium) with a streak.
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Streak

To form streaks.
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Streak

To be or become streaked.
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Streak

To move at high speed; rush.
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Streak

To run naked in public, especially as a prank.
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Streak

An irregular line left from smearing or motion.
The picture I took out the car window had streaks.
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Streak

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, when I was dealt terrible cards.
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Streak

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.
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Streak

A moth of the family Geometridae, Chesias legatella.
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Streak

A tendency or characteristic, but not a dominant or pervasive one.
She's a quiet, bookish person, but she has a rebellious streak.
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Streak

(shipbuilding) A strake.
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Streak

A rung or round of a ladder.
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Streak

The act of streaking, or running naked through a public area.
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Streak

(intransitive) To have or obtain streaks.
If you clean a window in direct sunlight, it will streak.
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Streak

(intransitive) To run quickly.
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Streak

(intransitive) To run naked in public. Contrast flash
It was a pleasant game until some guy went streaking across the field.
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Streak

(transitive) To create streaks.
You will streak a window by cleaning it in direct sunlight.
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Streak

(transitive) To move very swiftly.
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Streak

To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
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Streak

To stretch; to extend; hence, to lay out, as a dead body.
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Streak

To form streaks or stripes in or on; to stripe; to variegate with lines of a different color, or of different colors.
A mule . . . streaked and dappled with white and black.
Now streaked and glowing with the morning red.
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Streak

With it as an object: To run swiftly.
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Streak

A line or long mark of a different color from the ground; a stripe; a vein.
What mean those colored streaks in heaven?
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Streak

A strake.
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Streak

The fine powder or mark yielded by a mineral when scratched or rubbed against a harder surface, the color of which is sometimes a distinguishing character.
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Streak

The rung or round of a ladder.
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Streak

An unbroken series of events;
Had a streak of bad luck
Nicklaus had a run of birdies
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Streak

A distinctive characteristic;
He has a stubborn streak
A streak of wildness
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Streak

A marking of a different color or texture from the background
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Streak

A sudden flash (as of lightning)
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Streak

Move quickly in a straight line;
The plane streaked across the sky
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Streak

Run naked in a public place
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Streak

Mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
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Streak

A line or stripe distinct from its surroundings.
The tiger has orange and black streaks.
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Streak

A series of occurrences.
He is on a winning streak.
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Streak

To mark or be marked with lines.
She streaked her hair with highlights.
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FAQs

What does Streek mean?

Streek is an archaic term generally meaning to stretch or extend.
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Sep 18, 2023

Is Streek commonly used?

No, "streek" is a rare or archaic term.
Sara Rehman
Sep 18, 2023

Can Streak be used as an adjective?

Yes, for example, "streak-free finish."
Janet White
Sep 18, 2023

What does Streak mean?

Streak can refer to a line or stripe distinct from its surroundings or a series of occurrences.
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Sep 18, 2023

Are both words nouns and verbs?

Yes, both can function as nouns and verbs.
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Is Streak commonly used?

Yes, "streak" is a common word with various applications.
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Can Streek be used as an adjective?

It's rare due to its archaic nature.
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Sep 18, 2023

What is a "winning streak"?

A winning streak refers to a series of successive victories.
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Can Streak refer to characteristics?

Yes, like saying someone has a "rebellious streak."
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Sep 18, 2023

Is Streek used in specific regions?

It may appear in dialects or historical texts, but it's generally rare.
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Sep 18, 2023

Can you use Streak in data analysis?

Yes, it can describe patterns or trends in data.
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Can Streek be used in modern writing?

It can be, but it's largely considered archaic.
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Are these words synonyms?

No, they have different meanings and usages.
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Sep 18, 2023

What's the difference in usage context?

"Streak" has various contexts, while "streek" is historically specific.
Aimie Carlson
Sep 18, 2023

Is Streek ever used to describe people?

Rarely, mostly in the context of laying out a corpse historically.
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Sep 18, 2023
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