slacks

[ slaks ]
/ slæks /
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noun (used with a plural verb)

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

Nearby words

  1. slack-key,
  2. slacken,
  3. slacker,
  4. slackly,
  5. slackness,
  6. slacktivism,
  7. slag,
  8. slag cement,
  9. slag down,
  10. slag heap

Origin of slacks

First recorded in 1815–25; slack1 + -s3

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
1. relaxed. 2. lazy, weak. 3. dilatory, tardy, late. 4. idle, quiet. 11. slowing, relaxation. 17. neglect. 18. reduce, slacken. 21. malinger.

Related forms

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

slacks

/ (slæks) /

pl n

informal trousers worn by both sexes
See also slacks

Derived Formsslackly, adverbslackness, noun

Word Origin for slack

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

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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Word Origin and History for slacks
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