slacks

[ slaks ]
/ slæks /

noun (used with a plural verb)

men's or women's trousers for informal wear.

Origin of slacks

First recorded in 1815–25; slack1 + -s3

Definition for slacks (2 of 3)

Origin of slack

1
before 900; Middle English slac (adj.), Old English sleac, slæc; cognate with Old Norse slakr, Old High German slach, Latin laxus lax

SYNONYMS FOR slack

2 lazy, weak.
4 idle, quiet.
11 slowing, relaxation.
17 neglect.

OTHER WORDS FROM slack

Definition for slacks (3 of 3)

slack2
[ slak ]
/ slæk /

noun

the fine screenings of coal.

Origin of slack

2
1400–50; late Middle English sleck < Middle Dutch slacke, slecke
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British Dictionary definitions for slacks (1 of 3)

slacks
/ (slæks) /

pl n

informal trousers worn by both sexes

British Dictionary definitions for slacks (2 of 3)

See also slacks

Derived forms of slack

slackly, adverbslackness, noun

Word Origin for slack

Old English slæc, sleac; related to Old High German slah, Old Norse slākr bad, Latin laxus lax

British Dictionary definitions for slacks (3 of 3)

slack2
/ (slæk) /

noun

small pieces of coal with a high ash content

Word Origin for slack

C15: probably from Middle Low German slecke; related to Dutch slak, German Schlacke dross
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