- of, or having the nature of, metal
- containing, yielding, or producing metal
- like, characteristic of, or suggestive of metal; specif.,: a metallic sound
- sharp or bitter: a metallic taste
- reflectively iridescent: metallic cloth
- harsh or rasping
Origin of metallicClassical Latin metallicus from Classical Greek metallikos
- Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a metal.
- Containing a metal: a metallic compound.
- Having a quality suggesting or associated with metal, especially:a. Lustrous; sparkling: metallic colors.b. Sharp-tasting: an unpleasant, metallic flavor.
- Harshly resonant: “the strange metallic note of the meadow lark, suggesting the clash of vibrant blades” ( Ambrose Bierce )
- A yarn or fiber made of, containing, or resembling metal.
- A fabric, typically shiny or iridescent, made of such yarn or fiber.
(comparative more metallic, superlative most metallic)
- Made of, appearing to be made of, resembling, or related to metal.
- A metallic color
From Latin metallicus, from metallum (“metal").