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SLOUNGE, v., n. Also sloonge; sloonje, slounje; slunge. [em., wm.Sc. slun(d)ʒ, Sh., Cai., Wgt. slʌn(d)ʒ]

I. v. 1. To idle or loaf about, to move or walk in a slouching, lethargic manner (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Lth. 1882 P. McNeill Preston 92; Cai. 1904 E.D.D.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., sloonge; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 266; Uls. 1953 Traynor; Sh., Cai., Per., Fif., Lnk., Wgt., Rxb. 1970). Hence slounger, slounjour, n., an idler, loafer (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Cai. 1904 E.D.D.; Traynor; Cai. 1970); sloungin-like, adj., depressed-looking, having a weary slouching gait (Sc. 1808 Jam.). m.Lth. 1788  J. Macaulay Poems 157:
Fell Poverty, he slounges by.
Ayr. 1809  W. Craw Poet. Epistles 34:
Ye swarthy, slungeing, ill-swill'd bitch.
Sc. 1812  The Scotchman 51:
The idle slounjours wha sell whisky and ither sorts of drink.
Slk. 1832  Hogg Altrive Tales 180:
He came slounging back, hanging his head.
Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 169:
The lang gousty daberlick o' a cheel cam slungin' up the street.
Lnk. 1877  W. McHutchison Poems 141:
Scores slunge about dirty an' fou'.
Fif. 1899  Proc. Philosoph. Soc. Gsw. xxx. 56:
The throo'-ga'n mother could not endure sloongin.

2. To behave furtively and stealthily, to skulk in a sneaky, hang-dog way (Slk. 1825 Jam.); to hang about in the hope of getting food (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Sh., Wgt., Rxb. 1970). Hence slounger, n., a skulker, a furtive sneaky person. Also used attrib. = sneaking, stealthy. Rnf. 1842  R. Clark Rhymes 16:
I hope this while that nae Physician Nor slounger beagle out perdition Seeks Robin Allan.
m.Lth. 1857  Misty Morning 251:
That sloongin' hound that's to be marriet to Skeldrin's dochter.
Edb. 1923  W. D. Lyell Justice Clerk i. iv.:
My nephew a common informer? a tale pyet? a slinkin', slungin, hypocreetical betrayer?
Abd. 1929  :
That tinkler's dog cam' slungin' roon.

II. n. 1. A lazy, lounging creature, a person with dull, hungry, hang-dog skulking appearance or disposition, a lounger (Slk. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Dmf. 1930; Sh., Per., Ayr., Wgt. 1970). Sc. 1815  C. I. Johnstone Clan-Albin I. vi.:
The Saxons were a selfish, effeminate, grovelling race, mongrels and slounges.
Rnf. 1862  A. M'Gilvray Poems 273:
Ye low, lazy slounges, who live, and ne'er work.
Sh. 1892  G. Stewart Fireside Tales 242:
Muckle hoeborn slunges, a lock o' years younger den mysel'.
Kcb. 1901  R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 135:
The gude-for-naething slunges steys at hame.

2. A person or animal which is always on the look-out for food, a scrounger, a glutton, gormandizer (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., sloonge, slunge; Lth., Wgt., Rxb. 1970). Rxb. 1825  Jam.:
He's a great slounge for his guts. A greedy slounge, a phrase applied to a dog that goes about hanging his ears, and prying into every corner for food.

3. A skulking, sneaking person, a sly, mean, trouble-making, untrustworthy fellow (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 428, slunge; Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Wgt. 1880 G. Fraser Lowland Lore 157; Ayr. 1912 D. McNaught Kilmaurs 298, slunge; Ayr., Gall. 1970). Sc. 1814  C. I. Johnstone Saxon & Gael II. vi.:
Now Finlay, the slunge, had taken care never to let on of the messages.

[Appar. an altered form of Loonge, lounge, with prothetic s. See S, letter, 5. O.Sc. slunge, to slink, 1680.]

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