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Slink away.

As 't were in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems,

Cænus I saw amidst the shouts That woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep,

Of mariners, and busy care to sling And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd His horses soon ashore.

Drydena by:

Sbakspeare. They slung up one of their largest hogsheads, They have cobwebs about them, which is a then rolled it towards my hand, and beat out sign of a slimy dryness. Bacon.

Gulliver. The rest are all by bad example led,

SLI'NGER. n. s. [from sling.] One who And in their father's slimy track they tread.

slings or uses the sling: Dryden.

The slingers went about it and smote it. Eels, for want of exercise, are fat and slimy.

2 Kings. Arbuthnot, Shoals of slow house-bearing snails do creep

TO SLINK. v. n. pret. slunk. [slingan, Sax. O'er the ripe fruitage, paring slimy tracks

to creep.] To sneak; to steal out of the In the sleek rind.

Philips. way.
The swallow sweeps

We will slink away in supper time, disguise us The slimy pool to build his hanging house. at my lodging, and return all in an hour. Sbakspo

Thomson.

As we do turn our backs 2. Viscous; glutinous.

From our companion, thrown into his grave, 'Then both froin out hell gates, into the waste,

So his familiars from his buried fortunes Wide anarchy of chaos, damp and dark,

Sbakspeere, Hovering upon the waters, what they met

He, after Eve seduc'd, unminded stunk
Into the wood fast by.

Milton. Solid or slimy, as in raging sea,

Not far from hence doth dwell Tost up and down, together crowded drove.

Milton.

A cunning man, hight Sidrophel, The astrological undertakers would raise men

To whom all people far and near like vegetables, out of some fat and slimy soil,

On deep importances repair;

When brass and pewter hap to stray, well digested by the kindly heat of the sun, and

And linen slinks out of the way. Hudibre. impregnated with the influence of the stars.

Bentley

She shunk into a corner, where she lay trem

bling till the company went their way. L'Estr. SLI'NESS. n. s. [from s';.] Designing ar He would pinch the children in the dark, and tifice.

then slink into a corner, as if nobody had done By an excellent faculty in mimickry, my cor

it.

Arbuthnot. respondent can assume my air, and give my ta A weasel once made shift to slink citarnity a skyess, which diverts more than any In at a corn-loft through a chink; thing I could say.

Addison. But having amply stuff d his skin,
Could not get out as he got in.

Pope. SLING. n. s. [slingan, Sax. slingen, Dut.]

We have a suspicious, fearful, and constrained 1. A missive weapon made by a strap and

countenance, often turning back, and slinking two strings; the stone is lodged in the through narrow lanes.

Swift. strap, and thrown by loosing one of the

TO SLINK. v. a. To cast ; to miscarry of. strings.

A low word. The arrow cannot make him flee: sling stones To prevent a mare's slinking her foal, in snowy are turned with him into stubble.

Fob;

weather keep her where she may have good Dreads he the cwanging of the archer's string?

spring-water to drink.

Mortimer, Or singing stones from the Phænician sling?

TO SLIP. v. n. [rlipan, Sax, slippen, Dut.]

Sandys. Slings have so much greater swiftness than a

1. To slide; not to tread firm. stone thrown from the hand, by how much the If a man walks over a narrow bridge when he

is drunk, it is no wonder that he forgets his cauend of the sling is farther off from the shoulder

Wilkins.

tion while he overlooks his danger; but he who joint, the center of motion. The Tuscan king

is sober, and views that nice separation between Laid by the lance, and took him to the sling ;

himself and the devouring deep, so that, if he Thricé whirl'd the thong around his head, and

should slip, he sees his grave gaping under him, threw

surely must needs take every step with horrour and the utmost caution.

South. The heated lead, half melted as it flew. Dryd.

A skilful dancer on the ropes slips willingly, Whirld from a sling, or from an engine thrown, Amidst the focs, as flies a mighty stone,

and makes a seeming stumble, that you may So flew the beast.

Dryden.

think him in great hazard, while he is only giv. ing you a proof of his dexterity.

Dryden. 8. A throw; a stroke.

If after some distinguish'd leap
At one sling

He drops his pole, and seems to slip,
Of thy victorious arm, wcil-pleasing son,

Straight gath’ring all his active strength, Both sin and death, and yawning grave at last, He rises higher half his length.

Prior. Through chaos hurlid, obstruct the mouth of

2. To slide; to glide. Milton.

Oh Ladon, happy Ladon! rather slide than 3. A kind of hanging bandage, in which a run by her, lest thou shouldst make her legs wounded limb is sustained.

slip from her.

Sidney

*They trim their feathers, which makes them TO SLING. v. a. (from the noun.]

oily and slippery, that the water may slip off 1. To throw by a sling.

them.

Mortimer. 2. To throw; to cast. Not very proper. 3. To move or fly out of place. Ærna's entrails fraught with fire,

Sometimes the ancle bone is apt to turn out That now casts out dark fumes and pitchy clouds, on either side, by reason of relaxation, which Incens'd, or tears up mountains by the roots, though you reduce, yet, upon the least walking Or slings a broken rock aloft in air. Addison. on it, the bone slips out again.

Wiseman. 3. To bang loosely by a string.

4. To sneak; to slink.
From rivers drive the kids, and sling your hook; From her most beastly company
Anon I'll wash 'em in the shallow brook. Dryd. I'gan retrain, in mind to slip away,
To move by means of a rope.

Soon as appear'd safe opportunity. Spenser.

hell.

slipped over?

When Judas saw that his host slipt away, he their discourse, and not to slip any opportunity was sore troubled.

1 Maccabees. of shewing their talents, scholars are most blamI'll slip down out of my lodging. Dryden. ed.

Locke. Thus one tradesman slips away,

Thus far my author has slipt his first design; To give his partner fairer play,

Prior. not a letter of what has been yet said promoting s. To glide; to pass unexpectedly or im

any ways the trial.

Atterbury. perceptibly.

3. To part twigs from the main body by 'The banks of either side seeming arms of the laceration. loving earth, that fain would embrace it, and The runners spread from the master-roots, the river a wanton nymph, which still would slip and have little sprouts or roots to them, which, from it.

Sidney. being cut four or five inches long, make excelThe blessing of the Lord shall slip from thee lent sets; the branches also may be slipped and without doing thee any good, if thou hast not planted.

Mortimer. ,ceased from doing evil.

Taylor.
Slipping from thy mother's eye, thou went'st 4. To escape from ; to leave slily.
Alone into the temple; there was found

This bird you aim'd at, though you hit it not. Among the gravest rabbies disputant,

-Oh, sir, Lucentio slipp'd me like his greyOn points and questions fitting Moses' chair.

hound, Milton.

Which runs himself, and catches for his master. Thrice around his neck his arms he threw,

Sbakspeare.
And thrice the flicting shadow slipp'd away, 3. To let loose.
Like winds or empty dreams that fly the day.

On Eryx altars lays
Dryden.

A lamb new fallen to the stormy seas; Though with pale cheeks, wet beard, and Then slips his haulsers, and his anchors weighs. dropping hair,

Dryden. None but my Ceyx could appear so fair, 6. To let a dog loose. I would have strain'd him with a strict embrace, The impatient greyhound, slipt from far, But through my arms he slipt, and vanish'd from Bounds o'er the glebe to course the fearful hare. che place. Dryden.

Dryden. When a corn slips out of their paws, they take 7. To throw off any thing that holds one. Ahold of it again.

Spectator. Forced to alight, my horse slipped his bridle, Wise men watch every opportunity, and re

and ran away. trieve every mispent hour which has slipped from

Swift. them.

Rogers.

8. To pass over negligently. I will impute no defect to those two years

If our author gives us a list of his doctrines, which have slipped by since. Swift to Pope.

with what reason can that about indulgences be 6. To fall into fault or errour.

Atterbury If he had been as you,

SLIP.n. s. [from the verb.] And you as he, you would have slipt like him;

1. The act of slipping ; false step. But he, like you, would not have been so stern. 2. Errour; mistake ; fault.

Shakspeare.

There put on him One slippeth in his speech, but not from his What forgeries you please: marry, none so rank heart.

Ecclesiasticus. may

dishonour him; An eloquent man is known far and near; but But, sir, such wanton, wild, and usual slips, a man of understanding knoweth when he slip As are most known to youth and liberty. Sbaks. peth.

Ecclesiasticus. Of the promise there made, our master hath 7. To creep by oversight.

failed us, by slip of memory, or injury of time. Some mistakes may have slipt into it; but others will be prevented.

Pope.

This religious affection, which nature has iin8. To escape; to fall away out of the

planted in man, would be the most enormous slip she could commit.

More. memory.

One casual slip is enough to weigh down the By the hearer it is still presumed, that if they

faithful service of a long lite.

L'Estrange. be let slip for the present, what good soever they

Alonzo, mark the characters; contain is lost, and that without all hope of re

And if th' impastor's pen have made a slip covery.

Hooker.

That shews it counterfeit, mark that, and save The mathematician proceeds upon proposi

Drydere tions he has once demonstrated; and though the

Lighting upon a very easy slip I have made, demonstration may have slipt out of his memo

in putting one seemingly indifferent word for an ry, he builds upon the truth.

Addison,

other, that discovery opened to me this present Use the most proper methods to retain the

view.

Locke. ideas you have acquired; for the mind is ready

Any little slip is more conspicuous in a good to let many of them slip, unless some pains be

man's conduct than in another's, as it is not of taken to fix them upon the memory.

Watts.
a piece with his character.

Spectator. TO SLIP. v. a.

3. A twig torn from the main stock. 1. To convey secretly.

In truth, they are fewer, when they come to In his officious attendance upon his mistress

be discussed by, reason, than otherwise they be tried to slip a powder into her drink. Arbuth.

seem, when, by heat of contention, they are di. 2. To lose by negligence.

vided into many slips, and of every branch an You are not now to think what's best to do,

heap is made.

Hooker. As in beginnings; but what must be done,

The slips of their vines have been brought into Being thus enter'd; and slip no advantage Spain.

Abbot. That may secure you.

Ben Jonson.

Adoption strives with nature, and choice breeds Let us not slip th' occasion, whether scorn A native slip to us from foreign seeds. şbaksp. Or satiate fury yield it from our foe. Milton, Thy mother took into her blameful bed

One ill man may not think of the mischief he Some stern untutor'd churl, and noble stock could do, or slip the occasion. L'Estrange. Was graft with crab-tree slip, whose fruit thou To slip the market, when thus fairly offered,

Sbakspeare. is great imprudence.

Collier. Trees are apparelled with flowers or herbs by For watching occasions to correct others in, boring holes in their bodies, and putting into

As

Wotton,

nie.

art.

Ray.

bowels slippery

Dryder

them carth holpen with muck, and setting seeds The schirrus may be distinguished by its want or slips of violets in the carth.

Bacon.

of inflammation in the skill, its smoothness, and So have I seen some tender slip,

slipperiness deep in the breast.

Sharp Say'd with care froin winter's nip,

2. Uncertainty ; want of firm footing.. The pride of her carnation train, Pluck'd up by some unheedy swain. Milton.

SLI'PPERY. adj. [rlıpur, Saxon; sliperig, They are propagated not only by the seed,

Swedish.] but many also by the root, and some by slips or 1. Smooth; glib. cuttings.

They trim their feathers, which makes them 4. A lcash or string in which a dog is oily and slippery, that the water slips off.

Mortimer. held, from its being so made as to slip

Oily substances only lubricate and make the or become loose by relaxation of the

Arbuthnol, hand.

2. Not atîording firm footing, I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,

Did you know the art o'th' court, Straining upon the start.

Sbakspeare.

As hard to leave as keep; whose cop to climb, God is said to harden the heart permissively,

Is certain falling; or so slipp'ry, that but not operatively, nor effectively; as he who

The fear 's as bad as falling. Shakspeare. only letseloose a greyhound out of the slip, is said to hound him at the hare.

His promise to trust to as slippery as ice.
Bramball.

Tusser. 5. An escape; a desertion. I know not

Their way shall be as slippery ways in the whether to give the slip be not originally darkness.

Jeremiab. taken from a dog, that runs and leaves The slipp'ry tops of human state, the string or slip in the leader's hand. The gilded sinnicles of tate.

Coreley. The more shame for her goodyship,

The higher they are raised, the giddier they To give so near a friend the slip. Hudibras. are; the more slippery is their standing, and the The daw did not like his companion, and gave

deeper their fall.

L'Estrange hin the slip, and away into the woods. L’Esir.

The highest hill is the most slipp?ry place; Their explications are not yours, and will give

And fortune mocks us with a smiling face. Dentro you the slip.

Locke.

Beauty, like rce, our footi:g does betray; 6. A long narrow picce.

Who can tread sure on the smooth slippery way? Between these eastern and western mountains lies a slip of lower ground, which runs across

3. Hard to hold; hard to keep. the island.

Addison.

Thus surely bound, yet be not overbold, Su'P BOARD. n. s. [slip and board.] A

The slippery god will try to loose his hold;

And various forms assume, to cheat thy sight, board sliding in grooves,

And with vain images of beasts affright. Dryda I ventured to draw back the slipboard on the

4. Not standing firm. rouf, contrived on purpose to let in air.

When they fall

, as being slipp'ry standers, Gulliver's Travels.

The love that lean’d on them, as slipp'ry too, SLI'PKNOT. 1. s. [slip and krot.] A bow

Doth one pluck down another, and together krot; a knot easily untied.

Die in the fast.

Sbakspeare. They draw off so much line as is necessary, 5. Uncertain ; changeable ; mutable; inand fasten the rest upon the line-roll with a slip

stable. inct, that no more line turn off, 111x0n. In large wounds a single knot first; over this a

On world, thy slippery turns! Friends nor

fast sworn, Title linen compress, on which is another single

Whose double bosoins seem to wear one heart, knot; and then a slipknot, which may be loosen

Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal and cied upon infiammation.

Starp.

ercise, Sli’pper or Slipshoe. n. s. [from slip.]

Are still together; who twine, as 't were, in love 1. A shoe without leather behind, into

Unseparable, shall within this hour, which the foot slips easily.

On a dissension of a doit, break out A gown made of the finest rool,

To bitterest enmity: Which from our pretty lambs we pull;

He looking down Fair lined slippers for the cold,

With scorn or pity on the slippery state With buckles of the purest gold. Raleigh. Of kings, will tread upon the rieck of fate. If he went abroad too much, she'd use

Deniz To give him slippers, and lock up his shoes. King. 6. Not certain in its effect. Thrice rung the bell, the slipper knock'd the One sure trick is better than a hundred slipground,

pery ones.

L'Estrange. And the press'd watch return’d a silver sound.

7. [Zubrique, French.) Not chaste. Pope.

My wife is slippery. Sbakspeare 2. [crespis, Latin.) An herb.

Sli'ppy. adj. [trom slip.] Slippery ; Slipper. adj. [rlipun, Sax.] Slippery ; easily sliding. A barbarous provincial not firm. Obsolete. Perhaps never in

word. use but for poetical convenience.

The white of an egg is ropy, slippy, and nuA trustless state of earthly things, and slipper tritious.

Floyer. hope

SLIPSHOD, adj. (slip and shod.]

Having Of mortal men, that swinke and sweat for nought.

Spenser.

the shoes not pulled up at the heels, but SLI'PPERILY. adv. [from slippery.] In a

barely slipped on. slippery manner.

The slipshod 'prentice from his master's door Sli'PPERINESS. n. s. [from slippery.]

Had par'd the dirt, and sprinkled round the floor,

Satin 1. State or quality of being slippery ;

Sli'PSLOP. 2. s. Bad liquor. A low word smoothness; glibness.

formed by reduplication of slop. We do not only fall by the slipperiness of our

SLISH, n. s. A low word formed by redua congues, but we deliberately discipline them to sische

Government of the longur. plicating slasb.

Sbakspeare.

What! this a sleeve?

and slees in them, and they will furnish yon, Here's soip and nip, and slish and slash,

without doing of your woods any hurt. Niort. Like to a censor in a barber's shop. Sbakspeare. SLOOP. n. s. A smail ship, commonly TO SLIT. v. a. pret. and part. slit and with only two inasts.

slitted. [rlitan, Saxon.) To cut long. To S10P. v. a. (from lap, 105, slop.] To wise.

drink grossly and greedily. To make plants medicinable, clit the root, and infuse into it the medicine, as hellebore, opium,

SLOP. n. s. (trom the verb.] Mean and scammonly, and then bind it

up:

Baton. vile liquor of any kind. Generally solfe The deers of Arginusa had their ears divided, nauseous or useless medicina! liquor, occasioned at first by slitting the ears.

Brown. The sick husband here wanted for neicher Had it hit

sloos nor doctors.

L'Estrangers The upper part of him, the blow

But thou, whatever slops she will have bouglii, Ilid slit, as sure as that below. Hudibras. Be thankful.

Dryder We slit the preternatural body open. Wigrm. SLOP. n. s. [rlop, Saxon ; sloove, Dutch, A liberty might be left to the judges to inflict

a covering. 1 Trowsers ; open breeches. death, or some notorious mark, by slitting the

What said Mr. Duinbledon about the stria zose, or brands upon the cheeks. Temple. If a tinned or placed box!y, which, being of an

for my short cloak and slops? Sbakspeuren even thickness, appears all over of an uniform SLOPE. adj. [This word is not derived colour, should be slit into threads, or broken from any satisfactory original. Javills into fragments of the same thickness with the

omits it : Skinner derives it from slip plate, I see no reason why every thread or fragment should not keep its colour. Nereton.

lax, Dutch; and derives it from the He took a freak

curve of a loose rope. Perhaps its oriTo slit my tongue, and make me speak. Swift. ginal may be latent in loopen, Dutch, to SLIT. n. s. [rlit, Saxon.] A long cut, or run, slape being easy to the runner. narrow opening:

Oblique; not perpendicular. It is

geIn St. James's fields is a conduit of brick, unto nerally used of acclivity or declivity, which joineth a low vault, and at the end of that

forming an angle greater or less with a round house of stone; and in the brick conduit there is a window, and in the round house

the plane of the horizon.

Where there is a greater quantity of water, a slit or rift of some little breadth : if you cry out in the rift, it will make a fearful roaring at

and space enongh, the water movech with a the window,

Bacon.
sloper rise and fall.

Bacor

Murm'ring waters fall
Where the tender rinds of trees disclose
Their shooting gems,aswelling knot there grows:

Down the slope hills, dispers’d, or in a lake, Juse in that place a narrow shit we make,

That to the fringed bank with myrile crown'd Then other buds from bearing trees we take;

Her crystal mirror holds, unite their streams.

Milior. Inserted thus, the wounded rind we close. Dryd.

I found, by looking through a slit or oblong Slope. 1. s. (from the adjective.] hole, which was narrower than the pupil of my 1. An oblique direction; any thing obeye, and held close to ic parallel to the prisms,

liquely directed. I could see the circles much distincter, and visible to a far greater number, than otherwise.

2. Declivity ; ground cut or formed with Newton.

declivity. TO SLIVE. 1 v. a. [slışan, Saxon.]

Growing upon slopes is caused for that most,

as it cometh of moisture, so the water must but To split; to divide slide, not be in a pool.

Bacon. longwise; to tear off longwise.

My lord advances with majestick mien,
Liver of blaspheming Jew;

And when up ten steep slopes you've dragg'a Gill of goat; and slips of yew,

your thighs, Sier'd in the moon's eclipse. Shakspeare. Just at his study door he 'll bless your eyes. Pope. SuI'VER. n. s. (from the verb.) A branch

torn. off. Sliver, in Scotland, still de- SLOPE: adv. Obliquely; not perpendinotes a slice cut off: as, he took a large

cularly.

Uriel slizer of the beef.

Return'd on that bright beam, whose point now There on the pendant boughs her coronet

raisid weed

Bore him slope downward to the sun, now fallin. Clamb'ring to hang, an envious sliver broke,

Milton. Wheo down her weedy coronet and herself Fill in the weeping brook. Sbakspeare.

To Stope.v.a. [from the adjective.) To SLOAT). n. s. Of a cart, are those un.

form to obliquity or declivity; to direct der pieces which keep the bottom toge

obliquely:

Though bladed corn be lodgid, and trees ther.

Bailey:

blown dosun, SLO'BBER. n. s. [glavoerio, Welsh.] Though palaces and pyramids do slepo Slaver. See SLAVER.

Their heads to their foundations. Sbakspeare. TO SLOCK. V. n. (slock, to quench, Swe

On each hand the flames dish and Scottish.] To slake; to

Driv'n backward, slope their pointed spires, and

rollid quench.

In billovs, leave i'th' midst a horrid vale. Milton. SLOE, 1. s. (sla, Saxon; slaae, Danish.] The star, that rose at evening bright,

The fruit of the blackthorn, a small wild Toward heav'n's descent had sloped his westerplum.

Milion. The fair pomegranate might adorn the pine, All night I slept, oblivious of my pain ; The grape the bramble, and the sioe the vine. Aurora dawn'd, and Phæbus slin'd in vain;

Blackmore. Nor, till oblique he slapú his evening ray, When you fell your underwoods, sow haws

Had Sonnus dry'u the baluy dews away. Paper

TE SLIVER.}

ing wheel.

Brown.

To SLOPE. v. n. To take an oblique or To vice industrious; but to nobler deeds declivous direction.

Timorous and slothful.

Milton Betwixt the midst and these, the gods assign'd

Flora commands those nymphs and knights, Two habitable seats for human kind;

Who liv'd in slothful ease and loose delights, And cross their limits cut a sloping way,

Who never acts of honour durst pursue, Which the twelve signs in beauteous order sway.

The men inglorious knights, the ladies all untrue.

Dryden. Dryden. There is a handsome work of piles made slope

The very soul of the slothful does effectually ing athwart the river, to stop the trees which

but lie drowsing in his body, and the whole man are cut down, and cast into the river.

is totally given ap to his senses. L'Estrange Up starts a palace, lo! th' obedient base

Another is deaf to all the motives to piety,by indulging an idle slothful temper.

Lare. Slopes at its foot, the woods its sides embrace.

Pope.

SlO'THFULLY. adv. (from slothfuil.] There is a straight hole in every ant's nest Idly; lazily; with sloth. half an inch deep; and then it goes down sloping Slo'THFULNESS. n. s. [from slothful.] into a place where they have their magazine. Idleness; laziness; sluggishness; inac

Spectator. On the south aspect of a sloping hill,

tivity: Whose skirts meand'ring Peneus washes still,

To trust to labour without prayer, argueth Our pious lab'rer pass'd his youthful days

impiety and profaneness; it maketh light of the In peace and charity, in pray'r and praise. Hirte.

providence of God; and although it be not the SLO'PENESS. n.s. [from slope.] Obliquity;

intent of a religious mind, yet it is the fault of

those men whose religion wanteth light of a declivity; not perpendicularity.

mature judgment to direct it, when we join The Italians give the cover a graceful pendence

with our prayer slothfulness, and neglect of conof slopeness, dividing the whole breadth into nine venient labour.

Hooker. parts, whereof two shall serve for the elevation

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and an of the highest ridge.

Wotton. idle soul shall suffer hunger. Proverbs. SLOʻPEWISE. adj. [slope and wise.] Ob. Slouch, n. s. [sloff, Danish, stupid.] liquely ; not perpendicularly.

1. A downcast look; a depression of the The Wear is a frith, reaching slopcwise through

head. In Scotland, an ungainly gait, as the Ose from the land to low-water mark, and having in it a bent or cod with an eye-hook;

also the person whose gait it is. where the fish entering, upon their coming back

Our doctor has every quality that can make a with the ebb, are stopped from issuing out again,

man useful; but, alas! he hath a sort of slouch

in his walk. forsaken by the water, and left dry on the Ose.

Swift. Carew.

2. A man who looks heavy and clownish. SLO'PINGLY. adv. [from sloping.] Ob

Begin thy carols then, thou vaunting sloucb;

Be thine the oaken staff, or mine the pouch. liquely; not perpendicularly.

Gay. 'These atoms do not descend always perpendi To SLOUCH. v. n. (from the noun.] To cularly, but sometimes slopingly. Digby.

have a downcast clownish look. Slo'ppy. adj. [from slop.] Miry and SLOVEN. X. s. (sloef, Dutch ; gslyvn, wet: perhaps rather slabby. See SLAB.

Welsh, nasty, shabby.] A man indeTo SLOT, v. a. [slughen, Dutch.) To

cently negligent of cleanliness ; a man strike or clash hard.

dirtily dressed. SLOT. n. s. [slod, Islandick.] The track The ministers came to church in handsome of a deer.

holiday apparel, and that himself did not think SLOTH. 1. s. [rlæp:$, slepo, Saxon. them bound by the law of God to go like slovens.

Hooker. Ir might therefore be not'improperly

Affect in things about thee cleanliness, written sloath, but that it seems better

That all may gladly board thee as a

a flow'r: to regard the orthography of the primi. Slovens take up their stock of noisomeness tive slow.]

Beforehand, and anticipate their last hour. Herb. J. Slowness; tardiness.

You laugh, half beau, half sloven, if I stand; These cardinals trifle with me: I abhor

My wig half powder, and all snuff my band. This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome. Shaks.

Pope. 2. Laziness ; sluggishness; idleness.

Their methods various, but alike their aim : False of heart, light of ear, bloody of hand,

The sloven and the fopling are the same. Young. Hog in sloth, fox in stealth. Shakspeare. Slo'VENLINESS. n. s. [from slovenly. ) They change their course to pleasure, ease, Indecent negligence of dress; neglect of and sloth.

Milton.

cleanliness. Industry approach'd,

Slovenliness is the worst sign of a hard stuAnd rous'd him from his miserable sloth. Thoms.

dent, and civility the best exercise of the re3. An animal.

miss; yet not to be exact in the phrase of comThe sloth is an animal of so slow a motion,

pliment, or gestures of courtesy. Wotton, that he will be three or four days at least in

SLOVENLY. adj. [from sloven.] Negli. climbing up and coming down a tree; and to go the length of fifty paces on plain ground, requires gent of dress; negligent of neatness; not a whole day.

Greru, neat ; not cleanly. SLO'THFUL. adj. [sloth and full.] Idle ;

A.sop at last found out a slovenly lazy fellow,

lolling at his ease, as if he had nothing to do. lazy; sluggish; inactive; indolent; dull

l' Estrange. of motion.

SLOVENLY. adv. [from sloven.) In a He that is slotl ful in his work, is brother to

coarse inelegant manner. him that is a great waster.

Proverbs.

As I hang my clothes on somewhat slovenly, I The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his

no sooner went in but he fron ned upon me. hands refuse to labour,

Preports.

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