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slack1

 
 
pronunciation:
slaek
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb, noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
slack off
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not tight or taut.
Seeing the man's slack jaw, she wondered if he'd had a stroke.The laundry line had become slack, and wet clothes hung on the ground.With no wind, the sail was slack.
synonyms:
droopy, lax
antonyms:
taut, tense, tight
similar words:
baggy, floppy, loose, pendulous
definition 2: negligent, lazy, or indifferent.
The town's police force was slack in its efforts to curb crime.
synonyms:
careless, idle, indolent, lax, lazy, negligent, remiss, slothful, sluggish
antonyms:
diligent
similar words:
delinquent, fainéant, forgetful, loose, otiose
definition 3: not strong or firm.
The school blamed the parents for their slack discipline of the child.
synonyms:
weak
antonyms:
firm
similar words:
flabby, flaccid, limp, relaxed, soft
definition 4: slow or sluggish.
The wide river has a slack current.By the time I received his slack response, I'd made my decision.The food is good, but the service is a bit slack.
synonyms:
dilatory, dormant, lazy, lethargic, slow, sluggish
antonyms:
brisk, fast
similar words:
apathetic, laggard, listless, slothful, sluggard, tardy
definition 5: dull or inactive.
Between two and five is a slack time of day for the restaurant.
synonyms:
dormant, dull, inactive, inert, quiescent
antonyms:
busy
similar words:
easy, lazy, quiet
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part of speech: adverb
definition: in a slack state, posture, or manner; slackly.
The doll's dislocated leg hung slack.
synonyms:
limp, weakly
similar words:
free, loose, loosely, soft
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a slack condition or period of time; lull.
With few orders coming in, there was a slack in production.
synonyms:
letup, lull
definition 2: a thing or part that hangs loosely.
She pulled the slack of the cord to let the bus driver know she wanted to get off.
synonyms:
droop
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: slacks, slacking, slacked
definition 1: to lessen the tension or pressure of; loosen.
She slacked the horse's reins.
synonyms:
ease, loosen, relax, relieve, slacken
antonyms:
tighten
definition 2: to be remiss about or neglect; shirk.
He slacked his duty.
synonyms:
evade, neglect, shirk
similar words:
procrastinate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to decrease in intensity; slacken.
When the gale slacked, they ventured outside.
synonyms:
abate, decrease, diminish, dwindle, slacken, slow, subside
antonyms:
tighten
similar words:
de-escalate, relax, taper, wind down
definition 2: (chiefly British) to work in a slow or lazy manner.
He was always slacking and was reprimanded for it often.
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phrase: slack off
derivations: slackly (adv.), slackness (n.)