Slough Definition

slo͝o
sloughed, sloughing, sloughs
noun
sloughs
A place, as a hollow, full of soft, deep mud.
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The skin of a snake, esp. the outer layer that is periodically cast off.
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Any castoff layer, covering, etc.
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A mass of dead tissue in, or separating from, living tissue or an ulceration.
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A swamp, bog, or marsh, esp. one that is part of an inlet or backwater.
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verb
sloughed, sloughing, sloughs
To be shed, cast off, or discarded; come off.
Webster's New World
To shed or throw off (slough); get rid of.
Webster's New World
To drop off; become fewer or less.
Webster's New World
To get rid of (a card); discard.
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To separate from the surrounding tissue.
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pronoun

A town in east Berkshire, and formerly in Buckinghamshire, close to Heathrow Airport.

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other
A borough of southeast England, a residential and industrial suburb of London.
American Heritage
idiom
slough over
  • to gloss over; minimize
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Slough

Noun

Singular:
slough
Plural:
sloughs

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Slough

  • slough over

Origin of Slough

  • Middle English slughe akin to Middle High German slūch, sluoch sloughed off snake skin (Modern German Schlauch hose, tire tube)

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

  • From Middle English, akin to Middle High German slûch (“slough") (whence German Schlauch (“tube, hose")).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English slōh, probably from Proto-Germanic *slōhaz.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English slōh

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

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