From Middle English [Term?], from Middle Dutch verslinden, from Old Dutch *farslindan (“to devour”), from Proto-West Germanic *fraslindan, from Proto-Germanic *fraslindaną (“to devour”), equivalent to for- + Proto-Germanic *slindaną (“to devour”), from Proto-Indo-European *sel- (“to sneak, creep”). Cognate with Dutch verslinden (“to devour”), Middle Low German vorslinden (“to devour, eat up”), German verschlinden, verschlingen (“to devour, swallow up”), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐍃𐌻𐌹𐌽𐌳𐌰𐌽 (fraslindan, “to gobble, swallow, devour”).
- (transitive, archaic) To swallow down; gobble up.
- 1924, William John Thoms, Henry Morley, Roger Bacon, Early English Prose Romances:
- He hath waited by night and day in such wise that he hath stolen so many of my children that of fifteen I have but four, in such wise hath this thief forslongen them.