from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Stealthy, furtive, and sneaking.
  • adj. Informal Graceful, sinuous, and sleek: wore a slinky outfit to the party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. furtive, stealthy or catlike
  • adj. thin; lank
  • n. A three-dimensional curve — a spiral wound around a helix.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Thin; lank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Lank; lean; flaccid.


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  • Can you guess me? A garment; not knitted, though, nor ornate,

    not slinky skin-tight silk nor stretched-transparent tulle...

    - Peter Reading, ?, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 29, 2008

  • A Slinky, or "Lazy-Spring," is a coil-shaped toy invented by mechanical engineer Richard James in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Slinkies come in various sizes. The shape is a simple helix, or coil design, of a ribbon of material, originally metal. The Slinky can "walk" down stairs as the coils stretch and reform as gravity moves them down each step.


    January 28, 2008