slink

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English slincan (to creep, crawl), from Proto-Germanic *slinkaną (compare Dutch slinken (to shrink, shrivel), Swedish slinka (to glide)).

Verb[edit]

slink (third-person singular simple present slinks, present participle slinking, simple past and past participle slunk, slinked or slank)

  1. (intransitive) To sneak about furtively.
    • Milton
      Back to the thicket slunk the guilty serpent.
    • Landor
      There were some few who slank obliquely from them as they passed.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 3/1/1, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      How meek and shrunken did that haughty Tarmac become as it slunk by the wide circle of asphalt of the yellow sort, that was loosely strewn before the great iron gates of Lady Hall as a forerunner of the consideration that awaited the guests of Rupert, Earl of Kare, [] .
  2. (transitive) To give birth to an animal prematurely.
    a cow that slinks her calf

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Noun[edit]

slink (plural slinks)

  1. The young of an animal when born prematurely, especially a calf.
  2. (UK, Scotland, dialect) A thievish fellow; a sneak.

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Adjective[edit]

slink (comparative more slink, superlative most slink)

  1. (Scotland) thin; lean

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Dutch[edit]

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slink

  1. first-person singular present indicative of slinken
  2. imperative of slinken

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Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

slink

  1. imperative of slinka.