Slack meaning

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Flowing or blowing with little speed.

A slack current; slack winds.

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Casual pants that are not part of a suit.
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The definition of slack is someone or something weak, slow, relaxed or careless.

An example of slack is an elastic waistband that has lost its elasticity.

An example of slack is someone who takes twice as long to do a job as another.

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(countable) A valley, or small, shallow dell.
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Slow; idle; sluggish.
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Not tense or taut; loose.

A slack rope; slack muscles.

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Lacking in diligence or due care or concern; negligent.

A slack worker.

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Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed; lax.
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To be careless or remiss in doing.

Slack one's duty.

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To slake (lime).
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To be or become slack.
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To be inactive or avoid work.

Slacked around the house all day.

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A loose part, as of a rope or sail.

Hauled in the slack.

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A period of little activity; a lull.

A slack in business.

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Unused capacity.

Still some slack in the economy.

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In a slack manner.

A banner hanging slack.

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A mixture of coal fragments, coal dust, and dirt that remains after screening coal.
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A small dell or hollow.
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A bog; a morass.
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Barely moving.
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Characterized by little work, trade, or business; not busy or active; dull.

A slack period.

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Loose; relaxed; not tight, taut, or firm.
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Easily changed or influenced; weak; lax.
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Careless or negligent.

A slack workman.

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To make slack; slacken.
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To slake.
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To be or become slack; slacken.
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To be idle, careless, or negligent.
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In a slack manner; so as to be slack.
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A part that is slack or hangs loose.
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A lack of tension or tautness; looseness.
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A stoppage of movement, as in a current.
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A period of lessened activity, production, etc.; lull.
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A mixture of small pieces of coal, coal dust, and dirt left from the screening of coal.
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A small valley or surface depression.
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(uncountable) Small coal; coal dust.

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(uncountable) The part of anything that hangs loose, having no strain upon it.

The slack of a rope or of a sail.

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(countable) A tidal marsh or shallow, that periodically fills and drains.
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Lax; not tense; not hard drawn; not firmly extended.

A slack rope.

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Weak; not holding fast.

A slack hand.

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Remiss; backward; not using due diligence or care; not earnest or eager.

Slack in duty or service.

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Not violent, rapid, or pressing.

Business is slack.

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(slang, West Indies) Vulgar; sexually explicit, especially in dancehall music.
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Slackly.

Slack dried hops.

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(followed by “off") To procrastinate; to be lazy.
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(followed by “off") To refuse to exert effort.
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To lose cohesion or solidity by a chemical combination with water; to slake.

Lime slacks.

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cut
  • To make an allowance for (someone), as in allowing more time to finish something.
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cut someone some slack
  • To be less demanding of someone; ease up on someone.
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pick up the slack
  • To address or remedy a lag, underperformance, etc.
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slack off
  • To slacken.
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Origin of slack

  • Middle English slak from Old English slæc slēg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English slak from Old Norse slakki

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English sleck

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • For sense of coal dust, compare slag.

    From Wiktionary