slink

verb
\ˈsliŋk \
slunk\ ˈsləŋk \ also slinked\ ˈsliŋ(k)t \; slinking

Definition of slink 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to go or move stealthily or furtively (as in fear or shame) : steal

2 : to move in a sinuous provocative manner

transitive verb

: to give premature birth to used especially of a domestic animal a cow that slinks her calf

slink

noun

Definition of slink (Entry 2 of 3)

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

slink

adjective

Definition of slink (Entry 3 of 3)

: born prematurely or abortively a slink calf

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Verb

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

Examples of slink in a Sentence

Verb

He slinked away in shame. like a thief slinking about in the middle of the night

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of them remain very famous, if reclusive; some of them have updated to Twitter and Instagram; and some of them have blissfully slunk away into relative obscurity. Vogue, "Where Your Favorite Millennial Halloween Movie Stars Are Now," 23 Oct. 2018 The Happytime Murders slinks into theaters on August 24. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Happytime Murders turns raunchy puppet comedy into inexplicably boring dreck," 23 Aug. 2018 The performance climaxes, then slinks on, crests again and continues. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: Mummenschanz Offers Wonder, and a Grumpy Trash Bag," 10 July 2018 The lead track on their new EP Shoot Me: Youth Part 1, the song is bombastic and full of punk rock vibes, with slinking synths thrown in for good measure. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "DAY6 Drop 'Shoot Me' Music Video," 26 June 2018 In undersea warfare, quietness is everything, allowing submarines to sneak up on targets and slink away after making their attacks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Testing Superhydrophobic Hull Coatings For Submarines," 5 July 2018 The first time Gadsby tells this anecdote, the man recognizes his mistake and slinks away, humiliated by his ignorance. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Nanette Rewrites the History of Art," 3 July 2018 The president slinked away, the way a bully does when faced with unexpected resistance. John Branch, New York Times, "Why the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. Are So Far Apart on Social Justice Stances," 22 June 2018 In a mock takedown, recruits were slinking through the savanna carrying automatic weapons before pouncing on a poacher and arresting him. National Geographic, "As Tigers Become Rarer, Poachers Are Targeting Lions," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of slink

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1607, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slink

Verb

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

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More Definitions for slink

slink

verb

English Language Learners Definition of slink

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

slink

verb
\ˈsliŋk \
slunk\ ˈsləŋk \; slinking

Kids Definition of slink

: 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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