slink

verb
\ 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 animala 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 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, EW.com, "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 Marriages can hardly withstand the pressure, as vaguely unhappy spouses slink off separately to a Soul Connex to see if the perfect match is still out there. Washington Post, "In ‘Soulmates,’ science discovers a way to find your perfect match — and opens a world of problems," 4 Oct. 2020 Somehow, an insistent fermata of sirens manages to slink through from the street. Danielle Ofri, The New Yorker, "A Bellevue Doctor’s Pandemic Diary," 1 Oct. 2020 Frey was forced to slink away, another example of a liberal Democratic mayor devoured by the hard left. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: What if, in those violent big cities run by liberal Democrats, the politics were different?," 4 Sep. 2020 At one point my son and husband walk into the kitchen, see me with all the knives, and quietly slink out again. Irina Dumitrescu, Longreads, "How to Learn Everything: The MasterClass Diaries," 20 Aug. 2020 Some would slink over the border to feast on farmers' cattle and boar in Hong Kong, before slipping back over the hills to the north -- occasionally feasting on a human, rather than an animal. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than nearly any city. But 60 years ago, tigers were still seen in the wild," 15 Aug. 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

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

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Last Updated

6 Jan 2021

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“Slink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slink. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for slink

slink

verb
How to pronounce slink (audio)

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 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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