SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | noun, verb (used with or without object) noun the outer layer of the skin of a snake, which is cast off periodically. . Pathology a mass or layer of dead tissue separated from the surrounding or underlying tissue. anything that is shed or cast off. . Cards a discard. verb (used without object) to be or become shed or cast off, as the slough of a snake. to cast off a slough. . Pathology to separate from the sound flesh, as a slough. . Cards to discard a card or cards. verb (used with object) to dispose or get rid of; cast (often followed by off): to slough off a bad habit. to shed as or like a slough. . Cards to discard (cards). Verb Phrases slough over, to treat as slight or trivial: to slough over a friend's mistake. Origin of slough 2 1250–1300; Middle English slughe, slouh skin of a snake; cognate with German Schlauch skin, bag Related forms slough·i·ness, noun slough·y, adjective un·sloughed, adjective un·slough·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sluffing Historical Examples of sluffing British Dictionary definitions for sluffing noun an industrial town in SE central England, in Slough unitary authority, Berkshire; food products, high-tech industries. Pop: 126 276 (2001) a unitary authority in SE central England, in Berkshire. Pop: 118 800 (2003 est). Area: 28 sq km (11 sq miles) noun a hollow filled with mud; bog ( sluː) US and Canadian (in the prairies) a large hole where water collects or the water in such a hole (in the northwest) a sluggish side channel of a river (on the Pacific coast) a marshy saltwater inlet despair or degradation Derived Forms sloughy, adjective Word Origin for slough
slōh; related to Middle High German sluoche ditch, Swedish slaga swamp noun any outer covering that is shed, such as the dead outer layer of the skin of a snake, the cellular debris in a wound, etc Also: sluff bridge a discarded card verb ( often foll by off) to shed (a skin, etc) or (of a skin, etc) to be shed Also: sluff bridge to discard (a card or cards) Derived Forms sloughy, adjective Word Origin for slough
C13: of Germanic origin; compare Middle Low German
slū husk, German Schlauch hose, Norwegian slō fleshy part of a horn
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Word Origin and History for sluffing n.1
"muddy place," Old English
sloh "soft, muddy ground," of uncertain origin. Cf. Middle Low German sloch "muddy place," Middle High German sluoche "ditch." Figurative use (e.g. of moral sunkenness or Bunyan's "Slough of Despond," 1678) attested from mid-13c. v.
"to cast off" (as the skin of a snake or other animal), 1720, originally of diseased tissue, from Middle English noun
slough "shed skin of a snake" (see slough (n.)). Related: Sloughed; sloughing. v.
"avoid work," 1951 slang variant of
slough (v.). n.2
"cast-off skin" (of a snake or other animal), early 14c.,
slughe, slouh, probably related to Old Saxon sluk "skin of a snake," Middle High German sluch "snakeskin, wineskin," Middle Low German slu "husk, peel, skin," German Schlauch "wineskin;" from Proto-Germanic *sluk-, of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE root *sleug- "to glide."
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n. A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, a sore, or an inflammation. v. To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.
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Noun The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or an amphibian. Verb To shed an outer layer of skin.
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