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slunk

[sluhngk] /slʌŋk/
verb
1.
a simple past tense and the past participle of slink.

slink

[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
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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Examples from the web for slunk
  • She put the box of toothpicks back in the spice cabinet and slunk away.
  • You'd think he'd have slunk off by now to go enjoy it, rather than keep promoting his discredited phony science.
  • He was slunk down so low in his chair that he was practically under the desk.
  • Ever since he slunk off the scene, things have gotten all vague and squishy.
  • The animal slunk under the lower dead pine boughs without breaking them off.
  • The flag will still be flying proudly long after they have slunk away.
  • The leading wolf had smelt them and slunk into a bush.
British Dictionary definitions for slunk

slunk

/slʌŋk/
verb
1.
the past tense and past participle of slink

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 slunk

past tense and past participle of slink (v.).

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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