slack

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Speech
slack
Definition
Noun Uncountable
Small coal; coal dust.
Etymology
Meaning note
uncountable
Noun Countable
A valley, or small, shallow dell.
Etymology
Meaning note
countable
Noun Uncountable
The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it.
The slack of a rope or of a sail.
Etymology
Meaning note
uncountable
Noun Countable
A tidal marsh or shallow, that periodically fills and drains.
Etymology
Meaning note
countable
Adjective 
Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended.
A slack rope.
Etymology
Adjective 
Weak; not holding fast.
A slack hand.
Etymology
Adjective 
Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager.
Slack in duty or service.
Etymology
Adjective 
Not violent, rapid, or pressing.
Business is slack.
Etymology
Adjective 
Slang
vulgar; sexually explicit, especially in dancehall music.
Etymology
Meaning note
slang, West Indies
Adverb 
Slackly.
Slack dried hops.
Etymology
Verb 
To slacken.
Etymology
Verb 
Obsolete
To mitigate; to reduce the strength of.
Etymology
Meaning note
obsolete
Verb 
(followed by “off”) to procrastinate; to be lazy.
Etymology
Verb 
(followed by “off”) to refuse to exert effort.
Etymology
Verb 
To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake.
Lime slacks.
Etymology
Noun Verb Adjective Adverb Other
Etymology
From Old English slæc ‎(“slack”). For sense of coal dust, compare slag.
Bibliography
  • Wiktionary :slack (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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