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Syllabification: slink
Pronunciation: /sliNGk

Definition of slink in English:

verb (pastand past participle slunk /sləNGk/)

[no object]
1Move smoothly and quietly with gliding steps, in a stealthy or sensuous manner: the fox came slinking through the woods
More 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 his so-called friends have slunk off
More 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.
creep, sneak, steal, slip, slide, sidle, tiptoe, pussyfoot


[in singular] Back to top  
A slinking movement or walk: she moved with a sensuous slink
More 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'.

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