slink

[slingk]
verb (used without object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slinking.
1.
to move or go in a furtive, abject manner, as from fear, cowardice, or shame.
2.
to walk or move in a slow, sinuous, provocative way.
verb (used with object), slunk or (Archaic) slank; slunk; slinking.
3.
(especially of cows) to bring forth (young) prematurely.
noun
4.
a prematurely born calf or other animal.
adjective
5.
born prematurely: a slink calf.

Origin:
before 1150; Middle English slynken (v.), Old English slincan to creep, crawl; cognate with Low German slinken, German schlinken

slinkingly, adverb
outslink, verb (used with object), outslunk, outslinking.
unslinking, adjective

sling, slink.


1. skulk, sneak; lurk.
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slink (slɪŋk)
 
vb , slinks, slinking, slunk
1.  (intr) to move or act in a furtive or cringing manner from or as if from fear, guilt, etc
2.  (intr) to move in a sinuous alluring manner
3.  (tr) (of animals, esp cows) to give birth to prematurely
 
n
4.  a.  an animal, esp a calf, born prematurely
 b.  (as modifier): slink veal
 
[Old English slincan; related to Middle Low German slinken to shrink, Old Swedish slinka to creep, Danish slunken limp]

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Word Origin & History

slink
O.E. slincan "to creep, crawl" (of reptiles), from P.Gmc. *slenkanan (cf. Swed. slinka "to glide," Du. slinken "to shrink, shrivel;" related to sling (v.)). Of persons, attested from late 14c. Slinky (adj.) "sinuous and slender," of women or clothes, first attested 1921. As
a proprietary name for a spring marketed as a toy, 1948, by James Industries Inc., Philadelphia, U.S.A.
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Example sentences
Eventually you will have to slink away and become a hermit in the desert, far from the eyes of your fellow mortals.
They are probing exotic salts able to slink through plants' barbed wires.
Once inside, she would tuck her tail beneath her body and slink along the floor.
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