Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Slunk imperfect & past participle of Slink .
Slur transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Slurred
; present participle & verbal noun Slurring
.] [ Confer Middle English sloor
mud, clay, Icelandic sl...ra
, to trail or drag one's self along, Dutch sleuren
, to train, to drag, to do negligently and slovenly, Dutch sloor
, a sluttish girl.] 1. To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace. Cudworth. 2. To disparage; to traduce. Tennyson. 3. To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice.
With periods, points, and tropes, he slurs his crimes. Dryden. 4. To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick.
To slur men of what they fought for. Hudibras. 5. To pronounce indistinctly; as, to slur syllables. 6. (Mus.) To sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style; to connect smoothly in performing, as several notes or tones. Busby. 7. (Print.) To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle.
1. A mark or stain; hence, a slight reproach or disgrace; a stigma; a reproachful intimation; an innuendo. "Gaining to his name a lasting slur ." South. 2. A trick played upon a person; an imposition. [ R.] 3. (Mus.) A mark, thus [upslur or downslur], connecting notes that are to be sung to the same syllable, or made in one continued breath of a wind instrument, or with one stroke of a bow; a tie; a sign of legato. 4. In knitting machines, a contrivance for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.
Slurred adjective (Mus.) Marked with a slur; performed in a smooth, gliding style, like notes marked with a slur.
Slush noun [ Confer Swedish slaska to paddle in water, slask wet, filth.] [ Written also slosh .]
1. Soft mud. 2. A mixture of snow and water; half-melted snow. 3. A soft mixture of grease and other materials, used for lubrication. 4. The refuse grease and fat collected in cooking, especially on shipboard. 5. (Machinery) A mixture of white lead and lime, with which the bright parts of machines, such as the connecting rods of steamboats, are painted to be preserved from oxidation.
Slush transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Slushed
; present participle & verbal noun Slushing
.] 1. To smear with slush or grease; as, to slush a mast. 2. To paint with a mixture of white lead and lime.
Slushy adjective Abounding in slush; characterized by soft mud or half-melted snow; as, the streets are slushy ; the snow is slushy . "A dark, drizzling, slushy day." Blackw. Mag.
[ Middle English slutte
; confer OD. slodde
a slut, Icelandic slöttr
a heavy, loglike fellow, slota
to droop.] 1. An untidy woman; a slattern.
Sluts are good enough to make a sloven's porridge. Old Proverb. 2. A servant girl; a drudge.
Our little girl Susan is a most admirable slut , and pleases us mightly, doing more service than both the others. Pepys. 3. A female dog; a bitch.
[ CF. Sludge
[ Prov. Eng.]
Slutchy adjective Slushy. [ Prov. Eng.] Pennant.
Sluthhound noun Sleuthhound.
Sluttery noun The qualities and practices of a slut; sluttishness; slatternlines. Drayton.
Sluttish adjective Like a slut; untidy; indecently negligent of cleanliness; disorderly; as, a sluttish woman.
Why is thy lord so slutish , I thee pray. Chaucer.
An air of liberal, though sluttish , plenty, indicated the wealthy farmer. Sir W. Scott.
[ Compar. Slier
; superl. Sliest
.] [ Middle English sli
, Icel sl...gr
, for sl...gr
; akin to Swedish slug
, Danish slu
, LG. slou
, German schlau
; probably to English slay
, v.t.; confer G. ver schlagen
sly. See Slay
, transitive verb
, and confer Sleight
.] 1. Dexterous in performing an action, so as to escape notice; nimble; skillful; cautious; shrewd; knowing; -- in a good sense.
Be ye sly as serpents, and simple as doves. Wyclif (Matt. x. 16).
Whom graver age Fairfax. 2. Artfully cunning; secretly mischievous; wily.
And long experience hath made wise and sly .
For my sly wiles and subtle craftiness, Spenser. 3. Done with, and marked by, artful and dexterous secrecy; subtle; as, a sly trick.
The litle of the kingdom I possess.
Envy works in a sly and imperceptible manner. I. Watts. 4. Light or delicate; slight; thin.
[ Obsolete] By the sly
, or On the sly
, in a sly or secret manner.
[ Colloq.] "Gazed on Hetty's charms by the sly
." G. Eliot.
-- Sly goose (Zoology)
, the common sheldrake; -- so named from its craftiness. Syn.
-- Cunning; crafty; subtile; wily. See Cunning
Sly adverb Slyly. [ Obsolete or Poetic] Spenser.
Slyboots noun A humerous appellation for a sly, cunning, or waggish person.
Slyboots was cursedly cunning to hide 'em. Goldsmith.
Slyly adverb In a sly manner; shrewdly; craftily.
Honestly and slyly he it spent. Chaucer.
Slyness noun The quality or state of being sly.
Slype noun [ Confer Dutch sluipen to sneak.] (Architecture) A narrow passage between two buildings, as between the transept and chapter house of a monastery. [ Eng.]
Smack noun [ Dutch smak ; akin to LG. smack , smak , Danish smakke , German schmacke , French semaque .] (Nautical) A small sailing vessel, commonly rigged as a sloop, used chiefly in the coasting and fishing trade.
[ Middle English smak
, Anglo-Saxon ssm...c
taste, savor; akin to Dutch smaak
, G. ge schmack
, Old High German smac
; confer Lithuanian smagus
pleasant. Confer Smack
, intransitive verb
] 1. Taste or flavor, esp. a slight taste or flavor; savor; tincture; as, a smack of bitter in the medicine. Also used figuratively.
So quickly they have taken a smack in covetousness. Robynson (More's Utopia).
They felt the smack of this world. Latimer. 2. A small quantity; a taste. Dryden. 3. A loud kiss; a buss.
"A clamorous smack
." Shak. 4. A quick, sharp noise, as of the lips when suddenly separated, or of a whip. 5. A quick, smart blow; a slap. Johnson.
Smack adverb As if with a smack or slap. [ Colloq.]
Smack intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smacked
; present participle & verbal noun Smacking
.] [ Middle English smaken
to taste, have a taste, -- from the noun; confer Anglo-Saxon smecan
taste; akin to Dutch smaken
, German schmecken
, Old High German smechen
to taste, smach...n to have a taste (and, derived from the same source, German schmatzen
to smack the lips, to kiss with a sharp noise, Middle High German smatzen
), Icel smakka
to taste, Swedish smaka
, Danish smage
. See 2d Smack
] 1. To have a smack; to be tinctured with any particular taste. 2. To have or exhibit indications of the presence of any character or quality.
All sects, all ages, smack of this vice. Shak. 3. To kiss with a close compression of the lips, so as to make a sound when they separate; to kiss with a sharp noise; to buss. 4. To make a noise by the separation of the lips after tasting anything.
Smack transitive verb 1. To kiss with a sharp noise; to buss. 2. To open, as the lips, with an inarticulate sound made by a quick compression and separation of the parts of the mouth; to make a noise with, as the lips, by separating them in the act of kissing or after tasting.
Drinking off the cup, and smacking his lips with an air of ineffable relish. Sir W. Scott. 3. To make a sharp noise by striking; to crack; as, to smack a whip.
the silken thong." Young.
Smacking noun A sharp, quick noise; a smack.
Like the faint smacking of an after kiss. Dryden.
Smacking adjective Making a sharp, brisk sound; hence, brisk; as, a smacking breeze.
[ Compar. Smaller
; superl. Smallest
.] [ Middle English small
, Anglo-Saxon smæl
; akin to Dutch smal
narrow, Old Saxon & Old High German smal
small, German schmal
narrow, Dan. & Swedish smal
, Goth. smals
small, Icelandic smali
smal cattle, sheep, or goats; confer Greek mh^lon
a sheep or goat.] 1. Having little size, compared with other things of the same kind; little in quantity or degree; diminutive; not large or extended in dimension; not great; not much; inconsiderable; as, a small man; a small river.
To compare Milton. 2. Being of slight consequence; feeble in influence or importance; unimportant; trivial; insignificant; as, a small fault; a small business. 3. Envincing little worth or ability; not large-minded; -- sometimes, in reproach, paltry; mean.
Great things with small .
A true delineation of the smallest man is capable of interesting the greatest man. Carlyle. 4. Not prolonged in duration; not extended in time; short; as, after a small space. Shak. 5. Weak; slender; fine; gentle; soft; not loud.
"A still, small
voice." 1 Kings xix. 12. Great and small
, of all ranks or degrees; -- used especially of persons.
"His quests, great and small
-- Small arms
, muskets, rifles, pistols, etc., in distinction from cannon.
- - Small beer
. See under Beer .
-- Small coal
. (a) Little coals of wood formerly used to light fires
. Gay. (b) Coal about the size of a hazelnut, separated from the coarser parts by screening.
-- Small craft (Nautical)
, a vessel, or vessels in general, of a small size.
-- Small fruits
. See under Fruit .
-- Small hand
, a certain size of paper. See under Paper .
-- Small hours
. See under Hour .
-- Small letter
, a lower-case letter. See Lower-case , and Capital letter , under Capital , adjective
-- Small piece
, a Scotch coin worth about 2¼d. sterling, or about 4½cents.
-- Small register
. See the Note under 1st Register , 7.
-- Small stuff (Nautical)
, spun yarn, marline, and the smallest kinds of rope. R. H. Dana, Jr.
-- Small talk
, light or trifling conversation; chitchat.
-- Small wares (Com.)
, various small textile articles, as tapes, braid, tringe, and the like. M‘Culloch.
Small adverb 1. In or to small extent, quantity, or degree; little; slightly.
[ Obsolete] "I wept but small
avails my mood." Shak. 2. Not loudly; faintly; timidly.
[ Obsolete or Humorous]
You may speak as small as you will. Shak.
Small noun 1. The small or slender part of a thing; as, the small of the leg or of the back. 2. plural Smallclothes.
[ Colloq.] Hood. Dickens. 3. plural Same as Little go . See under Little , adjective
Small transitive verb To make little or less. [ Obsolete]
+ French ache
smallage. See Ach
parsley.] (Botany) A biennial umbelliferous plant ( Apium graveolens ) native of the seacoats of Europe and Asia. When deprived of its acrid and even poisonous properties by cultivation, it becomes celery .
Smallclothes noun plural A man's garment for the hips and thighs; breeches. See Breeches .
Smallish adjective Somewhat small. G. W. Cable.
Smallness noun The quality or state of being small.
Smallpox noun [ Small + pox , pocks .] (Medicine) A contagious, constitutional, febrile disease characterized by a peculiar eruption; variola. The cutaneous eruption is at first a collection of papules which become vesicles (first flat, subsequently umbilicated) and then pustules, and finally thick crusts which slough after a certain time, often leaving a pit, or scar.
Smalls noun plural See Small , noun , 2, 3.
Smallsword noun A light sword used for thrusting only; especially, the sword worn by civilians of rank in the eighteenth century.
Smally adverb In a small quantity or degree; with minuteness. [ R.] Ascham.
[ Italian smalto
, Late Latin smaltum
; of Teutonic origin; confer Old High German smalz
grease, butter, German schmalz
grease, Old High German smelzan
to melt, German schmelzen
. See Smelt
, transitive verb
, and confer Amel
.] A deep blue pigment or coloring material used in various arts. It is a vitreous substance made of cobalt, potash, and calcined quartz fused, and reduced to a powder.
Smalt-blue adjective Deep blue, like smalt.
Smaltine, Smaltite noun
[ See Smalt
.] (Min.) A tin- white or gray mineral of metallic luster. It is an arsenide of cobalt, nickel, and iron. Called also speiskobalt .
[ Latin smaragdus
. See Emerald
.] The emerald.
[ Obsolete] Bale.
Smaragdine adjective [ Latin smaragdinus , Greek .............] Of or pertaining to emerald; resembling emerald; of an emerald green.
[ Confer French smaragdite
; -- so called from its emerald-green color. See Smaragd
.] (Min.) A green foliated kind of amphibole, observed in eclogite and some varietis of gabbro.
Smart intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Smarted
; present participle & verbal noun Smarting
.] [ Middle English smarten
, Anglo-Saxon smeortan
; akin to Dutch smarten
, G. schmerzen
, Old High German smerzan
, Danish smerte
, SW. smärta
, Dutch smart
, a pain, German schmerz
, Ohg. smerzo
, and probably to Latin mordere
to bite; confer Greek ............, ..............., terrible, fearful, Sanskrit m...d
to rub, crush. Confer Morsel
.] 1. To feel a lively, pungent local pain; -- said of some part of the body as the seat of irritation; as, my finger smarts ; these wounds smart . Chaucer. Shak. 2. To feel a pungent pain of mind; to feel sharp pain or grief; to suffer; to feel the sting of evil.
No creature smarts so little as a fool. Pope.
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it. Prov. xi. 15.
Smart transitive verb To cause a smart in. "A goad that . . . smarts the flesh." T. Adams.
[ Middle English smerte
. See Smart
, intransitive verb
] 1. Quick, pungent, lively pain; a pricking local pain, as the pain from puncture by nettles.
"In pain's smart
." Chaucer. 2. Severe, pungent pain of mind; pungent grief; as, the smart of affliction.
To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart . Milton.
Counsel mitigates the greatest smart . Spenser. 3. A fellow who affects smartness, briskness, and vivacity; a dandy.
[ Slang] Fielding. 4. Smart money (see below).
[ Compar. Smarter
; superl. Smartest
.] [ Middle English smerte
. See Smart
, intransitive verb
] 1. Causing a smart; pungent; pricking; as, a smart stroke or taste.
How smart lash that speech doth give my conscience. Shak. 2. Keen; severe; poignant; as, smart pain. 3. Vigorous; sharp; severe.
skirmishes, in which many fell." Clarendon. 4. Accomplishing, or able to accomplish, results quickly; active; sharp; clever.
[ Colloq.] 5. Efficient; vigorous; brilliant.
"The stars shine smarter
." Dryden. 6. Marked by acuteness or shrewdness; quick in suggestion or reply; vivacious; witty; as, a smart reply; a smart saying.
Who, for the poor renown of being smart Young.
Would leave a sting within a brother's heart?
A sentence or two, . . . which I thought very smart . Addison. 7. Pretentious; showy; spruce; as, a smart gown. 8. Brisk; fresh; as, a smart breeze. Smart money
. (a) Money paid by a person to buy himself off from some unpleasant engagement or some painful situation
. (b) (Mil.) Money allowed to soldiers or sailors, in the English service, for wounds and injures received; also, a sum paid by a recruit, previous to being sworn in, to procure his release from service
. (c) (Law) Vindictive or exemplary damages; damages beyond a full compensation for the actual injury done
. Burrill. Greenleaf.
-- Smart ticket
, a certificate given to wounded seamen, entitling them to smart money.
[ Eng.] Brande & C. Syn.
-- Pungent; poignant; sharp; tart; acute; quick; lively; brisk; witty; clever; keen; dashy; showy. -- Smart
has been much used in New England to describe a person who is intelligent, vigorous, and active; as, a smart
young fellow; a smart
workman, etc., conciding very nearly with the English sense of clever
. The nearest approach to this in England is in such expressions as, he was smart
(pungent or witty) in his reply, etc.; but smart
and smartness, when applied to persons, more commonly refer to dress; as, a smart
appearance; a smart
Smarten transitive verb To make smart or spruce; -- usually with up .
She had to go and smarten herself up somewhat. W. Black.
Smartle intransitive verb To waste away. [ Prov. Eng.]