- a simple past tense and the past participle of slink.
- 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 slunk
Williams could have slunk off into the shadows in shame, which no doubt many people at the time expected her to do.Miss America Hypocrisy: The Vanessa Williams Nude Photo Shaming
July 23, 2014
By sharp contrast, the main contenders in the Labour leadership race have slunk away from the Blair memoir and its prescriptions.The War Over Blair’s Memoir
September 7, 2010
Dubya, meanwhile, slunk out of Washington with an approval rating of 22 percent, the least popular president in 70 years.Revenge of the Bushies
Samuel P. Jacobs
August 31, 2010
After all that, most would have slunk away for a few months to recuperate on some island somewhere.Why Hillary Lashed Out
August 12, 2009
He rose to his feet, muttered something about his time coming, and slunk out.The Hunted Outlaw
He shut his eyes twice, and slunk sullenly back to his place.The Gentleman From Indiana
After tea I slunk away to the nursery, and sat staring into the fire.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
White Fang slunk into camp one evening and dropped down with a sigh of content.White Fang
I will not say that he slunk in, but there was an unaccustomed diffidence in his bearing.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- the past tense and past participle of slink
- (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 slunk
past tense and past participle of 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.