noun (used with a plural verb)
Origin of slacks
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to pull in or make taut a loose section of a rope, line, wire, etc.: Take up the slack before releasing the kite.
- to provide or compensate for something that is missing or incomplete: New sources of oil will take up the slack resulting from the embargo.
Origin of slack1
Synonyms for slack
Origin of slack2
Related Words for slacksabate, decrease, diminish, dodge, dwindle, ease, flag, idle, lax, lessen, loose, moderate, neglect, reduce, relax, release, shirk, taper, tire, wane
Examples from the Web for slacks
Contemporary Examples of slacks
Sitting at the desk was a man in his mid- to late 40s, balding, conventionally dressed in slacks and an Oxford shirt, no tie.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research
July 16, 2014
In a tucked-in black t-shirt and slacks, the seemingly average Joe shimmied and shaked to the bassline.Future Islands Frontman Samuel T. Herring on Their 11-Year Journey to Letterman and Viral Stardom
April 3, 2014
The corollary being, if she slacks off, even a teensy bit, anything that goes wrong is her fault.Medicine Bedevils Pregnant Women With Too Many Warnings About Risk
October 26, 2013
There were the bodies of fourteen men, dressed in bloodied djellabahs or in shirts and slacks.U.N. Ambassador Designate Samantha Power’s Greatest Journalistic Hits
June 6, 2013
Historical Examples of slacks
Some one slacks off the lee braces and sings out 'Haul away!'All Afloat
That evening they changed for dinner, Tom lending a pair of slacks to his brother.Air Men o' War
The Hindu boy was dressed in Western clothes, slacks and a sports jacket.The Golden Skull
The slacks and sport coat that she wore accentuated the fact that she was a woman.Sinister Paradise
Robert Moore Williams
Like himself, Sophia was garbed in a loose jumper and slacks.Voyage To Eternity
- a patch of water without current
- a slackening of a current
Word Origin for slack
Word Origin for slack
Old English slæc "remiss, lax, characterized by lack of energy, sluggish, indolent, languid; slow, gentle, easy," from Proto-Germanic *slakas (cf. Old Saxon slak, Old Norse slakr, Old High German slah "slack," Middle Dutch lac "fault, lack"), from PIE root *(s)leg- "to be slack" (see lax).
Sense of "not tight" (in reference to things) is first recorded c.1300. As an adverb from late 14c. Slack-key (1975) translates Hawaiian ki ho'alu. Slack water (n.) "time when tide is not flowing" is from 1769. Slack-handed "remiss" is from 1670s. Slack-baked "baked imperfectly, half-baked" is from 1823; figuratively from 1840.
"coal dust," mid-15c., sleck, of uncertain origin, probably related to Middle Dutch slacke, Middle Low German slecke "slag, small pieces left after coal is screened," perhaps related to slagge "splinter flying off metal when it is struck" (see slag (n.)).
early 14c., "cessation" (of pain, grief, etc.), from slack (adj.). Meaning "a cessation of flow in a current or tide" is from 1756; that of "still stretch of a river" is from 1825. Meaning "loose part or end" (of a rope, sail, etc.) is from 1794; hence figurative senses in take up the slack (1930 figuratively) and slang cut (someone) some slack (1968). Meaning "quiet period, lull" is from 1851. Slacks "loose trousers" first recorded 1824, originally military.
1510s, "to moderate, make slack," back-formed from slack (adj.) after the original verb veered into the specialized sense of slake. Meaning "be remiss, inactive or idle, fail to exert oneself" is attested from 1540s; current use is probably a re-coining from c.1904 (see slacker, and cf. Old English slacful "lazy," sleacmodnes "laziness"). Related: Slacked; slacking.