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slunk

[sluhngk] /slʌŋk/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and the past participle of slink.

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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Examples from the Web for slunk
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  • He rose to his feet, muttered something about his time coming, and slunk out.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • He shut his eyes twice, and slunk sullenly back to his place.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • After tea I slunk away to the nursery, and sat staring into the fire.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • White Fang slunk into camp one evening and dropped down with a sigh of content.

    White Fang Jack London
  • I will not say that he slunk in, but there was an unaccustomed diffidence in his bearing.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • For a few hours he slunk from store to store, buying necessaries for his trip.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
British Dictionary definitions for slunk

slunk

/slʌŋk/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of slink

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 slunk

past tense and past participle of slink (v.).

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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