\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 That the bigots slink back into their diselected holes. Srikanth Reddy, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Even in tracked up chunder, the skis never feel hooky and seem to slink down the fall line. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 9 Jan. 2022 Other testers praised the Nela for its ability to carve big turns and slink through bumps. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, 9 Jan. 2022 The sun seemed to slink in a low arc across the sky, as if somehow sheepish about showing up on such an odd day. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 In contrast, Stewart is quieter in person, content to slink in the background during our chat. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Some homeowners opt for entrapment as a bonus feature, such as a client of Vranicar’s, who didn’t want a hypothetical thwarted intruder to be able to simply slink away unapprehended. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 11 Dec. 2021 The design of the property — melding elements of both French and Caribbean styles — helps guests slink from a frazzled to fully Zen state of mind upon arrival. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 3 Dec. 2021 Most of us probably aren’t able to slink back into our previous jobs unnoticed. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 27 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the Harry Potter movies, coy and irritating Parvati and Padma slink in the vicinity of the main characters, hoping to be noticed by them but ultimately being cast aside and ignored. NBC News, 24 Nov. 2021 Charlize Theron was seductively dishabille in a Dior gown that was part black corset and part emerald slink. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Slink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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\ 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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