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slink

[slingk] /slɪŋk/
verb (used without object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slinking.
1.
to move or go in a furtive, abject manner, as from fear, cowardice, or shame.
2.
to walk or move in a slow, sinuous, provocative way.
verb (used with object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slinking.
3.
(especially of cows) to bring forth (young) prematurely.
noun
4.
a prematurely born calf or other animal.
adjective
5.
born prematurely:
a slink calf.
Origin of slink
1150
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.
Synonyms
1. skulk, sneak; lurk.
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  • Catherine de Medici and Robespierre slinking away, poor, guilty things, into the pale twilight of the Dawn!

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) Henry Watterson
  • He was just slinking home when out came his father, the Squire's gardener.

  • Those rocks and crevices were peopled with all sorts of stealthy, snarling, slinking, four-footed creatures.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • And with the detective went a man whose gait was slinking, craven.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Famine, the Enemy, slinking back into the dim memory of history.

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse
  • Mr. Beaufort followed them with a mortified and slinking air.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In his own heart he knew the reason for this slinking approach: he did not want Polly Candage to see him in this plight.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for slinking

slink

/slɪŋk/
verb slinks, slinking, slunk
1.
(intransitive) to move or act in a furtive or cringing manner from or as if from fear, guilt, etc
2.
(intransitive) to move in a sinuous alluring manner
3.
(transitive) (of animals, esp cows) to give birth to prematurely
noun
4.
  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
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Word Origin and History for slinking

slink

v.

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.

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