American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move in a quiet furtive manner; sneak: slunk away ashamed; a cat slinking through the grass toward its prey.
- v. To give birth to prematurely: The cow slinked its calf.
- n. An animal, especially a calf, born prematurely.
- adj. Born prematurely.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sneak; steal or move quietly: generally with off or away.
- n. A sneaking fellow.
- n. A greedy starveling.
- n. A cheat.
- To cast prematurely: said of a female boast.
- To miscarry; cast the young prematurely: said of a female boast.
- n. An animal, especially a calf, prematurely brought forth.
- n. The flesh of an animal prematurely brought forth; the veal of a calf killed immediately after being calved; bob-veal.
- n. A bastard child.
- n. A thin or poor and bony fish, especially such a mackerel. See mackerel.
- Produced prematurely: as, a slink calf.
- Immature and unfit for human food: as, slink veal; slink meat.
- Thin; slender; lean; starved and hungry: as, slink cattle.
- Sneaky; mean.
- n. A small piece of wet meadow-land.
- n. The skin of a still-born calf. Also slunk.
- v. intransitive To sneak about furtively.
- v. transitive To give birth to an animal prematurely.
- n. The young of an animal when born prematurely, especially a calf.
- n. UK, Scotland, dialect A thievish fellow; a sneak.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To creep away meanly; to steal away; to sneak.
- v. To miscarry; -- said of female beasts.
- v. To cast prematurely; -- said of female beasts.
- adj. Produced prematurely.
- adj. Scot. Thin; lean.
- n. The young of a beast brought forth prematurely, esp. a calf brought forth before its time.
- n. Prov. Eng. & Scot. A thievish fellow; a sneak.
- v. walk stealthily
- From Old English slincan ("to creep, crawl"), from Proto-Germanic *slenkanan (compare Dutch slinken ("to shrink, shrivel"), Swedish slinka ("to glide")). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English slinken, from Old English slincan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Normally when you drop out of the presidential race, you kind of slink home and lay low.”
“And so she had to kind of slink back to the table.”
“It may also be mentioned here that the sight of a green, freshly-skinned hide, or a freshly-skinned carcass, will frequently cause cows to "slink" their calves.”
“It is an ascertained fact that young or "slink" veal very frequently gives rise to diarrhoea, more especially when that disease is epidemic.”
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