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slank

[slangk]
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verb Archaic.
  1. simple past tense of slink.
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slink

[slingk]
verb (used without object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slink·ing.
  1. to move or go in a furtive, abject manner, as from fear, cowardice, or shame.
  2. to walk or move in a slow, sinuous, provocative way.
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verb (used with object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slink·ing.
  1. (especially of cows) to bring forth (young) prematurely.
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noun
  1. a prematurely born calf or other animal.
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adjective
  1. born prematurely: a slink calf.
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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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Related Words

skulk, 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

Historical Examples

  • Ise warrant hes do that, doctor; and in slank the faithful beast.

    Spare Hours

    John Brown

  • "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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for slank

slink

verb slinks, slinking or slunk
  1. (intr) to move or act in a furtive or cringing manner from or as if from fear, guilt, etc
  2. (intr) to move in a sinuous alluring manner
  3. (tr) (of animals, esp cows) to give birth to prematurely
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noun
    1. an animal, esp a calf, born prematurely
    2. (as modifier)slink veal
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Word Origin

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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