- 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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Related Wordsskulk, slither, lurk, undulate, skitter, prowl, sidle, sneak, meander, pussyfoot, glide, cower, glissade, slick, coast, slide, snake, slip, shirk, steal
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.