\ ˈsliŋk How to pronounce slink (audio) \
slunk\ ˈsləŋk How to pronounce slunk (audio) \ also slinked\ ˈsliŋ(k)t How to pronounce slinked (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 animala 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 Another dog is slinking out of the grass, head lowered, fangs bared, and now another, then several more. Stephen O’connor, Harper's magazine, "The Interpretation of Dreams," 20 Jan. 2020 To do so, the snakes slink down below their target—say, a tree branch—and then launch themselves upward in a way that their momentum carries them across the gap. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "These snakes can jump—and scientists want to know why.," 14 Nov. 2019 The cabaret-feel of the Armory's basement venue is just right for Hedwig's intimate over-shares and stage-stomping, table-slinking choreography. oregonlive, "Portland Center Stage gives ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ a raucous homecoming," 7 Jan. 2020 The evil Macavity, always slinking around in a fur coat and giant hat, tries to lure Victoria in under his wing, meanwhile kidnapping the other singing cats one by one to ensure he’s the only candidate left standing. Tyler Coates, Wired, "Cats Is as Terrible as the Internet Guessed It Might Be," 19 Dec. 2019 During our conversation, Hamlet head-butted the phone and chirruped hello before slinking away. Jacqueline Alnes,, "After a bad breakup, I skipped dating apps and downloaded Petfinder," 12 July 2019 The Reluctant Mailbag begrudgingly slinks back into action this week under the impression that mid-November would be slow in the Poor Attitude Mail Room. Susan Slusser,, "A’s Mailbag: Could Marcus Semien be traded? Would he take hometown discount?," 22 Nov. 2019 Another mayor — say, somebody with a capacity for embarrassment or a moral compass — might have slunk away long before now., "a recording obtained by the Fall River Herald News.," 17 Oct. 2019 Even from its own menu, the eel has learned to slink away. The Economist, "The mysterious life and times of eels," 18 Dec. 2019 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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23 Feb 2020

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“Slink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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