verb (past and past participle slunk)[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- 1Move smoothly and quietly with gliding steps, in a stealthy or sensuous manner: the fox came slinking through the brackenMore example sentences
- Nicola nodded and slunk quietly over to the sleeping bags, trying not to attract the attention of whatever Landon had heard.
- I pretended not to hear her, and she slunk down the steps a minute later.
- She hid behind a rock and quietly slunk around the pond, seeking refuge behind rocks and boulders.
- 1.1Come or go unobtrusively or furtively: all the staff have slunk off homeMore example sentences
- I like to think it was a part of me that hovered there, lost and afraid, alien and lonely, slinking after my retreating steps.
- The previous scientist took a step backward, then slunk out of the door, ashamed.
- She had hoped he might slink quietly away to count his losses.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- A slinking movement or walk: she moved with a sensuous slinkMore example sentences
- In each scene she has just the right look, the right slink in her walk and deceitful glint in her eye.
- Her top 10 single is a grown-up version of an old tune, with heartfelt strums replacing the slink of old.
- All colours and creeds are here, drawn by the slow slink of the sun.
Old English slincan 'crawl, creep'; compare with Middle Dutch and Middle Low German slinken 'subside, sink'.