small pit coal. To SLECK or SLACK, to quench or allay the fire, or one's thirst. N.

A glossary of provincial and local words used in England. . 1790.

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  • sleck — I Mawdesley Glossary 1. small coal or coal dust (slack). D. to shed, to spill. 2. to put out a fire with water. 3. to slake burnt lime with water for use in mortar and white wash. II Yorkshire Dialect Coal Dust III Cleveland Dialect List to… …   English dialects glossary

  • slack — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English slak, from Old English sleac; akin to Old High German slah slack, Latin laxus slack, loose, languēre to languish, Greek lagnos lustful and perhaps to Greek lēgein to stop Date: before 12th century 1. not… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • slack — slack1 slackingly, adv. slackly, adv. slackness, n. /slak/, adj. 1. not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope. 2. negligent; careless; remiss: slack proofreading. 3. slow, sluggish, or indolent: He is slack in answering letters …   Universalium

  • slack — {{11}}slack (adj.) O.E. slæc loose, careless (in reference to personal conduct), from P.Gmc. *slakas (Cf. O.S. slak, O.N. slakr, O.H.G. slah slack, M.Du. lac fault, lack ), from PIE root * (s)leg to be slack (see LAX (Cf. lax)). Sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • slack — I [[t]slæk[/t]] adj. slack•er, slack•est, adv. n. v. adj. 1) not tight, taut, firm, or tense; loose: a slack rope[/ex] 2) negligent; careless; remiss 3) slow, sluggish, or indolent: slack in answering letters[/ex] 4) not active or busy; dull; not …   From formal English to slang

  • slack — slack1 [slak] adj. [ME slakke < OE slæc, akin to Du slak < IE base * (s)lēg , loose, slack > L laxus, lax] 1. slow; idle; sluggish 2. barely moving: said of a current, as of air or water 3. characterized by little work, trade, or… …   English World dictionary

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