slink

[slingk]
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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.
verb (used with object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slink·ing.
  1. (especially of cows) to bring forth (young) prematurely.
noun
  1. a prematurely born calf or other animal.
adjective
  1. born prematurely: a slink calf.

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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Contemporary Examples of slinked

  • “Walking away” is the key phrase; she knew she had slinked away with something that almost evaded her, and it felt good.

  • With no other option, Law tendered his resignation to Pope John Paul II and slinked off to Rome.

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    The Cardinal Who Got Away

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    May 11, 2010

  • Then, from my left, a tall, beautiful girl, graceful as a gazelle in skintight jeans and high heels, slinked over to me.

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    My Parents' Brothel

    Douglas Rogers

    December 6, 2009

Historical Examples of slinked

  • Tis more than a year now since I slinked out of Baalbek, leaving you in the dark about me.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Be sure, Sir John slinked off in the siege, and this is he and his daughter.

  • Slinked in he did, and his face was like you see it to-night only worse.

  • Peg was coming back, and her pockets had been emptied, for the heavy skirt now slinked around her slender form.

  • They slinked down the alley and seeing a light in the back room of a store, Fenn stopped and went up to peer in.

    In the Heart of a Fool

    William Allen White


British Dictionary definitions for slinked

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
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 slinked

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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