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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

Slonk, Slunk, n. [Dan. dial. slånk, slunk in this sense, MLG -slunc, LG slunk, Germ. dial. schlunk, schlonk gullet, gorge, abyss. Also in the later Sc. and north. Eng. dials.] A hollow or depression in the ground; ? a ditch. Also fig.(a) a1500 Henr. Fab. 1835.
Slonkis and slaik maid slidderie with the sleit
c1475 Wall. iii 4.
Erbe and froyte … Haboundandlye in euery slonk and slaid
c1475 Wall. iv 684.
To rype the wood, bath wala, slonk, and slaid
1513 Doug. xi xi 84.
His dochtyr … In dern sladis and mony scroggy slonk, With mylk he nurist of the beistis wild
a1578 Pitsc. (1728) 90 (see Slak n.1 2 b).(b) 1658 Edinb. B. Rec. IX 89.
In … the reparatioun and poynting of the Hospitall barne and Cannomilnes, and housses, calseyis, slunks [etc.]
1666-74 Fraser Polichron. 346.
Not adverting to a slunk or breach in the sea bauk, his horse tumbled
fig. 1562-3 Winȝet II 19/5.
Sa grete dangerous slonkis of sindry errouris

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