noun (used with a plural verb)
- slag cement,
- slag down,
- slag heap
Origin of slacks
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of slack1
Origin of slack2
Examples from the Web for 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|Ridley Pearson|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lenore Skanazy|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Caitlin Dickson|June 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Amongst other things I sent home my 'slacks,' and never wore them again in France.Q.6.a and Other places|Francis Buckley
Lorinda, in slacks and an old sweater, was so engrossed in feeding the flames that she did not hear when her name was called.Whispering Walls|Mildred A. Wirt
Frederick entered the Mess with a decided sea-roll, hitched his slacks and berthed himself on the starboard settee.
"Of course I shall put in a claim for the slacks," I murmured.
He was on horseback, in slacks and in his shirt-sleeves; to live in one's shirt sleeves is a very common custom this weather.At Ypres with Best-Dunkley|Thomas Hope Floyd
- 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.