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slink

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verb \ˈsliŋk\

Simple Definition of slink

  • : to move in a way that does not attract attention especially because you are embarrassed, afraid, or doing something wrong

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of slink

slunk

play \ˈsləŋk\ also

slinked

play \ˈsliŋ(k)t\

slinking

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to go or move stealthily or furtively (as in fear or shame) :  steal

  3. 2 :  to move in a sinuous provocative manner

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to give premature birth to —used especially of a domestic animal <a cow that slinks her calf>

Examples of slink in a sentence

  1. He slinked away in shame.

  2. <like a thief slinking about in the middle of the night>



Origin and Etymology of slink

Middle English, from Old English slincan to creep; akin to Old English slingan to worm, twist


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of slink

lurk, skulk, slink, sneak mean to behave so as to escape attention. lurk implies a lying in wait in a place of concealment and often suggests an evil intent <suspicious men lurking in alleyways>. skulk suggests more strongly cowardice or fear or sinister intent <something skulking in the shadows>. slink implies moving stealthily often merely to escape attention <slunk around the corner>. sneak may add an implication of entering or leaving a place or evading a difficulty by furtive or underhanded methods <sneaked out early>.

2

slink

noun

Definition of slink

  1. :  the young of an animal (as a calf) brought forth prematurely; also :  the flesh or skin of such an animal



1607

First Known Use of slink

1607


3

slink

adjective

Definition of slink

  1. :  born prematurely or abortively <a slink calf>



1750

First Known Use of slink

1750


SLINK Defined for Kids

slink

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verb \ˈsliŋk\

Definition of slink for Students

slunk

\ˈsləŋk\

slinking

  1. :  to move or go by or as if by creeping especially so as not to be noticed (as in fear or shame) <… he stuck his tail between his legs and slunk swiftly away … — Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves>





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