- 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 slinking
One such thing is Katie Holmes slinking around in all-black and doing her best Fosse while crooning “Hit Me With a Hot Note.”‘American Horror Story’ Sings “The Name Game” and 12 Other Bizarre TV Musical Numbers (VIDEO)
January 8, 2013
If anyone can talk Muammar Gaddafi into slinking away from Libya, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says it's him.Gaddafi's Best Friend in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 23, 2011
Last May, when the United Nations dispatched Bill Clinton to Haiti, it felt as if Clinton was slinking off the world stage.Clinton to the Rescue
Bryan Curtis, Benjamin Sarlin
January 14, 2010
And with the detective went a man whose gait was slinking, craven.Within the Law
Mr. Beaufort followed them with a mortified and slinking air.Night and Morning, Complete
Mr Merdle was slinking about the hearthrug, waiting to welcome Mrs Sparkler.Little Dorrit
His manner was smooth and humble, but very sly and slinking.Barnaby Rudge
Behind them lurched another man, slinking in the background.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
- (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 slinking
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.