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[slingk] /slɪŋk/
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 of slink
1150
before 1150; Middle English slynken (v.), Old English slincan to creep, crawl; cognate with Low German slinken, German schlinken
Related forms
slinkingly, adverb
outslink, verb (used with object), outslunk, outslinking.
unslinking, adjective
Can be confused
sling, slink.
Synonyms
1. skulk, sneak; lurk.
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  • They slinked down the alley and seeing a light in the back room of a store, Fenn stopped and went up to peer in.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • Tis more than a year now since I slinked out of Baalbek, leaving you in the dark about me.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Hanging down his head, and looking very silly, he slinked off the stage.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
  • slinked in he did, and his face was like you see it to-night only worse.

  • The moment the professor's back was turned they slinked after their leader into the house.

    The Master Mystery Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  • Peg was coming back, and her pockets had been emptied, for the heavy skirt now slinked around her slender form.

  • Be sure, Sir John slinked off in the siege, and this is he and his daughter.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for slinked

slink

/slɪŋk/
verb slinks, slinking, slunk
1.
(intransitive) to move or act in a furtive or cringing manner from or as if from fear, guilt, etc
2.
(intransitive) to move in a sinuous alluring manner
3.
(transitive) (of animals, esp cows) to give birth to prematurely
noun
4.
  1. an animal, esp a calf, born prematurely
  2. (as modifier): slink veal
Word Origin
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 and History for slinked

slink

v.

Old English slincan "to creep, crawl" (of reptiles), from Proto-Germanic *slinkan (cf. Swedish slinka "to glide," Dutch slinken "to shrink, shrivel;" related to sling (v.)). Of persons, attested from late 14c. Related: Slinked; slinking.

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