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.

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Definition for slacks (3 of 3)

slack

2
[ 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

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)

slack

2
/ (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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