\ ˈsliŋk How to pronounce slink (audio) \
slunk\ ˈsləŋk How to pronounce slink (audio) \ also slinked\ ˈsliŋ(k)t How to pronounce slink (audio) \; 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



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



Definition of slink (Entry 3 of 3)

: born prematurely or abortively a slink calf

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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 Winter usually doesn't slink away without a fight, and a quick spasm of cold (and possible slush) is possible next Tuesday, followed by slowly moderating temperatures. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Raw Friday - Chilly Relapse Next Week With Slushy Possibilities Tuesday," 8 Apr. 2021 Panting and glowering, Sid and his neighbor would slink back to their rooms. Katie Prout, The New Republic, "Inside the Last Men’s Hotel in Chicago," 2 Apr. 2021 Rather than slink back into the wings, Larkin and hundreds of thousands of activists like her shifted their roles. Philip Elliott, Time, "Trump Is Gone, But He’s Still Energizing The Resistance," 29 Mar. 2021 But those teams typically slink home quietly from the playoff. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Is an Alabama-like dynasty attainable for Ohio State football, or anyone else?," 16 Feb. 2021 Coleman was in command throughout the second half, steering Texas with a deft hand as TCU refused to slink back to a frozen Fort Worth. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Andrew Jones sets the tone in No. 13 Texas' win over TCU," 13 Feb. 2021 Behold, the fluffiest and most evil caterpillar to ever slink the earth. Aj Willingham, CNN, "2020 was the year of scary bugs, and 2021 will be even worse," 30 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, in Cittágazze, night falls on the city as the Specters slink around the shadows looking for fresh souls to devour. Lauren Morgan,, "His Dark Materials premiere recap: Lyra discovers the secrets of a new world," 17 Nov. 2020 So that Kristin Scott Thomas could slink around looking malevolent as the scary housekeeper Mrs. Danvers? Tribune News Service, cleveland, "How does Netflix’s new ‘Rebecca’ stack up against the Hitchcock classic and novel?," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Charlize Theron was seductively dishabille in a Dior gown that was part black corset and part emerald slink. Washington Post, "The Golden Globes red carpet showed it’s okay to delight in fashion rather than just tolerating it," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of slink


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


1607, in the meaning defined above


1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for slink


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

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The first known use of slink was in the 14th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Slink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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


\ ˈsliŋk How to pronounce slink (audio) \
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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