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1slack

adjective \ˈslak\

: not stretched or held in a tight position

: not busy : lacking the expected or desired activity

: doing something poorly because you are not putting enough care or effort into it

Full Definition of SLACK

1
:  not using due diligence, care, or dispatch :  negligent
2
a :  characterized by slowness, sluggishness, or lack of energy <a slack pace>
b :  moderate in some quality; especially :  moderately warm <a slack oven>
c :  blowing or flowing at low speed <the tide was slack>
3
a :  not tight or taut <a slack rope>
b :  lacking in usual or normal firmness and steadiness :  weak <slack muscles> <slack supervision>
4
:  wanting in activity :  dull <a slack market>
5
:  lacking in completeness, finish, or perfection <a very slack piece of work>
slack·ly adverb
slack·ness noun

Examples of SLACK

  1. His broken arm hung slack at his side.
  2. The rope suddenly went slack.
  3. He accused the government of slack supervision of nuclear technology.

Origin of SLACK

Middle English slak, from Old English sleac; akin to Old High German slah slack, Latin laxus slack, loose, languēre to languish, Greek lagnos lustful and perhaps to Greek lēgein to stop
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of SLACK

negligent, neglectful, lax, slack, remiss mean culpably careless or indicative of such carelessness. negligent implies inattention to one's duty or business <negligent about writing a note of thanks>. neglectful adds a more disapproving implication of laziness or deliberate inattention <a society callously neglectful of the poor>. lax implies a blameworthy lack of strictness, severity, or precision <a reporter lax about accurate quotation>. slack implies want of due or necessary diligence or care <slack workmanship>. remiss implies blameworthy carelessness shown in slackness, forgetfulness, or neglect <had been remiss in their familial duties>.

2slack

verb

: to give little or no effort or attention to work

Full Definition of SLACK

intransitive verb
1
:  to be or become slack
2
:  to shirk or evade work or duty
transitive verb
1
a :  to be slack or negligent in performing or doing
b :  lessen, moderate
2
:  to release tension on :  loosen
3
a :  to cause to abate
b :  slake 3

Examples of SLACK

  1. They need to stop slacking and get down to work.
  2. <the skipper ordered the crew to slack off the sheets on the mainsail>

First Known Use of SLACK

13th century

Related to SLACK

3slack

noun

Definition of SLACK

1
:  cessation in movement or flow
2
:  a part of something that hangs loose without strain <take up the slack of a rope>
3
:  trousers especially for casual wear —usually used in plural
4
:  a dull season or period
5
a :  a part that is available but not used <some slack in the budget>
b :  a portion (as of labor or resources) that is required but lacking <hired a temp to take up the slack>
6
:  additional leeway or relief from pressure —usually used with cut <refused to cut me some slack on the schedule>

First Known Use of SLACK

1756

4slack

noun

Definition of SLACK

dial English
:  a pass between hills

Origin of SLACK

Middle English slak, from Old Norse slakki
First Known Use: 14th century

5slack

noun

Definition of SLACK

:  the finest screenings of coal produced at a mine unusable as fuel unless cleaned

Origin of SLACK

earlier sleck, probably from Middle Dutch slacke, slecke slag
First Known Use: 1729
SLACKING Defined for Kids

1slack

adjective \ˈslak\

Definition of SLACK for Kids

1
:  careless 1, negligent <They were slack in all things, without order or discipline. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>
2
:  not energetic :  slow <a slack pace>
3
:  not tight or firm <a slack rope> <a slack jaw>
4
:  not busy or active <Business is slack.>

2slack

verb
slackedslack·ing

Definition of SLACK for Kids

1
:  to make or become looser, slower, or less energetic
2
:  to avoid work
slack·er \ˈsla-kər\ noun

3slack

noun

Definition of SLACK for Kids

1
:  a part (as of a rope or sail) that hangs loose without strain
2
slacks plural :  dressy pants
3
:  a portion (as of work or resources) that is required but lacking <He was hired to take up the slack.>
4
:  additional relief from pressure Hint:This sense is usually used with cut. <Can you cut me some slack on the schedule?>

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