from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cut; split; separate.
  • v. To cut or slice something off; separate by slicing.
  • n. A slice or sliver; slip, chip.
  • v. To sneak; skulk; proceed in a sly way; creep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To sneak.
  • transitive v. To cut; to split; to separate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cleave; split; divide.
  • To slide.
  • To sneak; skulk; proceed in a sly way; creep; idle away time.
  • To slip on; put on: with on.
  • n. A slice; a chip.


From Middle English sliven, from Old English slīfan ("to cleave, split"), from Proto-Germanic *slībanan (“to split”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kel- (“to cut”). (Wiktionary)
Perhaps related to slip. (Wiktionary)



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