verb \ ˈsliŋk \
Updated on: 13 Jan 2018

Definition of slink

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

Examples of slink in a Sentence

  1. He slinked away in shame.

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

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Origin and Etymology of slink

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

slink Synonyms

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




Definition of slink

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

First Known Use of slink





Definition of slink

: born prematurely or abortively
  • a slink calf

First Known Use of slink


SLINK Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of slink for English Language Learners

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

SLINK Defined for Kids


verb \ ˈsliŋk \

Definition of slink for Students

slunk \ˈsləŋk\; slinking
: 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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something that impedes or restrains

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