slack

slack
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[[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 brisk:
the slack season in an industry[/ex]
5) moving very slowly, as the tide, wind, or water
6) weak; lax
7) in a slack manner
8) a slack condition or part
9) the part of a rope, sail, or the like, that hangs loose, without strain upon it
10) a decrease in activity, as in business or work
11) a period of decreased activity
12) oce a cessation in a strong flow, as of a current
13) to be remiss in respect to (some matter, duty, right, etc.); shirk; leave undone
14) to make or allow to become less active, vigorous, intense, etc.; relax (efforts, labor, speed, etc.) (often fol. by up)
15) to make loose, or less tense or taut, as a rope; loosen (often fol. by off or out)
16) to be remiss; shirk one's duty or part
17) to become less active, vigorous, rapid, etc. (often fol. by up or off)
18) to become less tense or taut, as a rope; ease off
Etymology: bef. 900; ME slac (adj.), OE sleac, slæc, c. OS slak, OHG slach, ON slakr; akin to L laxus lax slack′ly, adv. slack′ness, n. II
slack
[[t]slæk[/t]] n.
min the fine screenings of coal
Etymology: 1400–50; late ME sleck

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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