- to move or go in a furtive, abject manner, as from fear, cowardice, or shame.
- to walk or move in a slow, sinuous, provocative way.
- (especially of cows) to bring forth (young) prematurely.
- a prematurely born calf or other animal.
- born prematurely: a slink calf.
Origin of slink
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Examples from the Web for slink
He waited his opportunity to slink out of camp to the woods.White Fang
He would have succeeded, nevertheless, had he not been so ready to slink off as soon as you looked at him.Lord Jim
You can't hope to slink past a cunning, wide-awake, evil brute like he was.The Shadow-Line
I believe my faith the higher, the better for mankind—Am I to slink away?The Mob (Third Series Plays)
Can I slink by a side-road out of sight of my own intelligence?'Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- (intr) to move or act in a furtive or cringing manner from or as if from fear, guilt, etc
- (intr) to move in a sinuous alluring manner
- (tr) (of animals, esp cows) to give birth to prematurely
- an animal, esp a calf, born prematurely
- (as modifier)slink veal
Word Origin and History for slink
Old English slincan "to creep, crawl" (of reptiles), from Proto-Germanic *slinkan (cf. Swedish slinka "to glide," Dutch slinken "to shrink, shrivel;" related to sling (v.)). Of persons, attested from late 14c. Related: Slinked; slinking.