slank

[ slangk ]
/ slæŋk /

verb Archaic.

simple past tense of slink.

Nearby words

  1. slang,
  2. slang dictionary,
  3. slanging match,
  4. slanguage,
  5. slangy,
  6. slant,
  7. slant board,
  8. slant culture,
  9. slant front,
  10. slant height

Origin of slink

before 1150; Middle English slynken (v.), Old English slincan to creep, crawl; cognate with Low German slinken, German schlinken

Related formsslink·ing·ly, adverbout·slink, verb (used with object), out·slunk, out·slink·ing.un·slink·ing, adjective

Can be confusedsling slink

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British Dictionary definitions for slank

slink

/ (slɪŋk) /

verb slinks, slinking or slunk

(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

noun

  1. an animal, esp a calf, born prematurely
  2. (as modifier)slink veal

Word Origin for slink

Old English slincan; related to Middle Low German slinken to shrink, Old Swedish slinka to creep, Danish slunken limp

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Word Origin and History for slank

slink

v.

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.

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