- simple past tense of slink.
- to move or go in a furtive, abject manner, as from fear, cowardice, or shame.
- to walk or move in a slow, sinuous, provocative way.
- (especially of cows) to bring forth (young) prematurely.
- a prematurely born calf or other animal.
- born prematurely: a slink calf.
Origin of slink
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Examples from the Web for slank
Ise warrant hes do that, doctor; and in slank the faithful beast.Spare Hours
"I'se warrant he's do that, doctor;" and in slank the faithful beast.
There was another roar of laughter—feebly suppressed by a judicial frown—and I slank away, annihilated.Miss Cayley's Adventures
There they slank behind a curtain; and when he came out, the rings above fluttered with fear and love and hope.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Richard Doddridge Blackmore
His quips were silent too, and his brain was empty as his sack; he slank along, and seemed to decline popular observation.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
- (intr) to move or act in a furtive or cringing manner from or as if from fear, guilt, etc
- (intr) to move in a sinuous alluring manner
- (tr) (of animals, esp cows) to give birth to prematurely
- an animal, esp a calf, born prematurely
- (as modifier)slink veal
Word Origin and History for slank
Old English slincan "to creep, crawl" (of reptiles), from Proto-Germanic *slinkan (cf. Swedish slinka "to glide," Dutch slinken "to shrink, shrivel;" related to sling (v.)). Of persons, attested from late 14c. Related: Slinked; slinking.