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[slingk] /slɪŋk/
verb (used without object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slinking.
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.
verb (used with object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slinking.
(especially of cows) to bring forth (young) prematurely.
a prematurely born calf or other animal.
born prematurely:
a slink calf.
Origin of slink
before 1150; Middle English slynken (v.), Old English slincan to creep, crawl; cognate with Low German slinken, German schlinken
Related forms
slinkingly, adverb
outslink, verb (used with object), outslunk, outslinking.
unslinking, adjective
Can be confused
sling, slink.
1. skulk, sneak; lurk. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Marshland gave a cry as she beheld the sight of the unhappy Wilson slink into a corner.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford
  • A dog was observed to slink away into the bush as they approached.

    Black Ivory R.M. Ballantyne
  • The cow should be fattened and sold, unless she be a very valuable breeding animal, as the chances are that she will slink again.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • He was not the sort of fellow to slink in when no one was looking.

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
  • He feared he might only grow hot, and stammer, and slink out.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
  • He waited his opportunity to slink out of camp to the woods.

    White Fang Jack London
  • But he had one sentence more to hear before he was suffered to slink away.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • I believe my faith the higher, the better for mankind—Am I to slink away?

British Dictionary definitions for slink


verb slinks, slinking, slunk
(intransitive) to move or act in a furtive or cringing manner from or as if from fear, guilt, etc
(intransitive) to move in a sinuous alluring manner
(transitive) (of animals, esp cows) to give birth to prematurely
  1. an animal, esp a calf, born prematurely
  2. (as modifier): slink veal
Word Origin
Old English slincan; related to Middle Low German slinken to shrink, Old Swedish slinka to creep, Danish slunken limp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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