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slough

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noun \ˈslü, ˈslau̇; in the US (exc New England) ˈslü is usual for sense 1 with those to whom the sense is familiar; British usually ˈslau̇ for both senses\

Definition of slough

  1. 1a :  a place of deep mud or mireb also slew or slue \ˈslü\ (1) :  swamp (2) :  an inlet on a river; also :  backwater (3) :  a creek in a marsh or tide flat

  2. 2 :  a state of moral degradation or spiritual dejection

sloughy play \-ē\ adjective


Origin of slough

Middle English sloughe, slo, from Old English slōh; akin to Middle High German slouche ditch


First Known Use: before 12th century


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slough

verb

Definition of slough

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to engulf in a slough

    2. intransitive verb
    3. :  to plod through or as if through mud :  slog



    1846

    First Known Use of slough

    1846


    3

    slough

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    noun \ˈsləf\

    Definition of slough

    1. 1 :  the cast-off skin of a snake

    2. 2 :  a mass of dead tissue separating from an ulcer

    3. 3 :  something that may be shed or cast off



    Variants of slough

    also sluff

    Origin of slough

    Middle English slughe; akin to Middle High German slūch snakeskin


    First Known Use: 14th century


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    slough

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    verb \ˈsləf\

    Definition of slough

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1a :  to become shed or cast offb :  to cast off one's skinc :  to separate in the form of dead tissue from living tissue

    2. 2 :  to crumble slowly and fall away

    3. transitive verb
    4. 1 :  to cast off

    5. 2a :  to get rid of or discard as irksome, objectionable, or disadvantageous —usually used with offb :  to dispose of (a losing card in bridge) by discarding



    1720

    First Known Use of slough

    1720

    Variants of slough

    also sluff

    Synonym Discussion of slough

    discard, cast, shed, slough, scrap, junk mean to get rid of. discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless <discard old clothes>. cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation <cast off her friends>. shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster <shed a bad habit> <finally sloughed off the depression>. scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form <scrap all the old ways> <would junk our educational system>.

    Slough

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    geographical name \ˈslau̇\

    Definition of Slough

    1. town SE cen England in Berkshire pop 98,600





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