\ 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 Wells spotted a red fox slinking through the unruly tangle of trees, grasses and bushes. Washington Post, "At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even a tiny house," 9 Sep. 2019 Wells spotted a red fox slinking through the unruly tangle of trees, grasses and bushes. Christine Condon,, "At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even tiny houses," 26 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday night, Lewis, who alternates the role with the exquisite Tamisha Guy, slinked or sliced her way about the stage, at times moving powerfully in near-robotic isolations. Janine Parker,, "At Jacob’s Pillow, lush wonders from A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham," 1 Aug. 2019 Purseweb spiders build silken tunnels that slink up the sides of trees. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "How spider silk is one of the most versatile materials on Earth," 12 Sep. 2019 The vid is Billie at her finest: crooning to a great beat, slinking around, and attempting to change the world all at once. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Billie Eilish's New Music Video Has a Super Important Secret Message and I Stan Her Even More Now," 5 Sep. 2019 Meryl Streep’s Mary Louise, an agent of chaos who seemed to threaten the fragile equilibrium of the Monterey Five, ended up … quietly slinking back to San Francisco. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "In Defense of Big Little Lies’ Second Season," 22 July 2019 In the video, Björk dances around the viewer, often slinking towards them and making direct eye contact, before splitting into multiple versions of herself, all dancing slowly around the viewer. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019 Hopkins ensured the allegations would not go unnoticed, a rare occurrence in the cloistered academic world where violators often have been allowed to slink away with little fanfare to other jobs. Liz Bowie,, "Here’s what happened when Maryland students forced colleges to confront sexual assault," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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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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