streak (n.)

Old English strica "line of motion, stroke of a pen" (related to strican "pass over lightly"), from Proto-Germanic *strikon- (source also of Middle Dutch streke, Dutch streek, Middle Low German streke "a stroke, line," Old High German, German strich, Gothic striks "a stroke, line"), from PIE root *strig- "to stroke, rub, press" (see strigil; also compare strike (v.), stroke (v.)). Sense of "long, thin mark" is first found 1560s. Meaning "a temporary run (of luck)" is from 1843.

streak (v.1)

"make streaks on" (transitive), 1590s, from streak (n.). Intransitive sense of "become streaked" is from 1870. Related: Streaked; streaking.

streak (v.2)

1768, "to go quickly, to rush, run at full speed," respelling (probably by association with streak (v.1)) of streek "to go quickly" (late 14c.), originally "to stretch oneself" (mid-13c.), a northern Middle English variant of stretch (v.). Related: Streaked; streaking.

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Definitions of streak from WordNet
streak (n.)
an unbroken series of events;
had a streak of bad luck
Synonyms: run
streak (n.)
a distinctive characteristic;
a streak of wildness
he has a stubborn streak
streak (n.)
a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background;
Synonyms: stripe / bar
streak (n.)
a sudden flash (as of lightning);
streak (v.)
move quickly in a straight line;
The plane streaked across the sky
streak (v.)
run naked in a public place;
streak (v.)
mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained;
Synonyms: mottle / blotch