k) KEY ADJECTIVE: slack·er
- Moving slowly; sluggish: a slack pace.
- Lacking in activity; not busy: a slack season for the travel business.
- Not tense or taut; loose: a slack rope; slack muscles. See Synonyms at loose.
- Lacking firmness; flaccid: a slack grip.
- Lacking in diligence or due care or concern; negligent: a slack worker. See Synonyms at negligent.
- Flowing or blowing with little speed: a slack current; slack winds.
- Linguistics Pronounced with the muscles of the tongue and jaw relatively relaxed; lax.
, slacks VERB: tr.
- To make slower or looser; slacken.
- To be careless or remiss in doing: slack one's duty.
- To slake (lime).
- To be or become slack.
- To evade work; shirk.
- A loose part, as of a rope or sail.
- A lack of tension; looseness.
- A period of little activity; a lull.
- A cessation of movement in a current of air or water.
- An area of still water.
- Unused capacity: still some slack in the economy.
- slacks Casual trousers that are not part of a suit.
PHRASAL VERB: slack off
- In a slack manner: a banner hanging slack.
IDIOM: cut/give (someone) some slack
- To decrease in activity or intensity.
- Slang To make an allowance for (someone), as in allowing more time to finish something.
Middle English slak
, from Old English slæc
; see slg-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:slackly(Adverb)