from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move in a quiet furtive manner; sneak: slunk away ashamed; a cat slinking through the grass toward its prey.
  • transitive v. To give birth to prematurely: The cow slinked its calf.
  • n. An animal, especially a calf, born prematurely.
  • adj. Born prematurely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sneak about furtively.
  • v. To give birth to an animal prematurely.
  • n. The young of an animal when born prematurely, especially a calf.
  • n. A thievish fellow; a sneak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Produced prematurely.
  • adj. Thin; lean.
  • n. The young of a beast brought forth prematurely, esp. a calf brought forth before its time.
  • n. A thievish fellow; a sneak.
  • transitive v. To creep away meanly; to steal away; to sneak.
  • transitive v. To miscarry; -- said of female beasts.
  • transitive v. To cast prematurely; -- said of female beasts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sneak; steal or move quietly: generally with off or away.
  • 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 sneaking fellow.
  • n. A greedy starveling.
  • n. A cheat.
  • n. A small piece of wet meadow-land.
  • n. The skin of a still-born calf. Also slunk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. walk stealthily


Middle English slinken, from Old English slincan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English slincan ("to creep, crawl"), from Proto-Germanic *slenkanan (compare Dutch slinken ("to shrink, shrivel"), Swedish slinka ("to glide")). (Wiktionary)



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