slough


slough
slough
The noun meaning ‘bog or swamp’ is pronounced to rhyme with now. The separate word (noun and verb) to do with an animal's skin is pronounced to rhyme with stuff. In AmE, the first noun is often written slew and pronounced sloo.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Slough — …   Wikipedia Español

  • Slough — Slough, n. [OE. slogh, slough, AS. sl[=o]h a hollow place; cf. MHG. sl[=u]ch an abyss, gullet, G. schlucken to swallow; also Gael. & Ir. sloc a pit, pool. ditch, Ir. slug to swallow. Gr. ????? to hiccough, to sob.] 1. A place of deep mud or mire; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slough — Slough …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Slough — Slough, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sloughed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sloughing}.] (Med.) To form a slough; to separate in the form of dead matter from the living tissues; often used with off, or away; as, a sloughing ulcer; the dead tissues slough off slowly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slough — slough1 [sluf] n. [ME slouh, akin to Ger schlauch, a skin, bag < IE base * sleug̑ , to glide, slip > Latvian sl užât, to slide] 1. the skin of a snake, esp. the outer layer that is periodically cast off 2. any castoff layer, covering, etc …   English World dictionary

  • slough|y — slough|y1 «SLOW ee», adjective, slough|i|er, slough|i|est. soft and muddy; full of soft, deep mud; miry: »sloughy creeks. slough|y2 «SLUHF ee», adjective. of dead skin; covered with dead skin or tissue …   Useful english dictionary

  • Slough — Slough, v. t. To cast off; to discard as refuse. [1913 Webster] New tint the plumage of the birds, And slough decay from grazing herds. Emerson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slough — Slough, obs. imp. of {Slee}, to slay. Slew. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slough — Slough, n. [OE. slugh, slouh; cf. MHG. sl?ch the skin of a serpent, G. schlauch a skin, a leather bag or bottle.] 1. The skin, commonly the cast off skin, of a serpent or of some similar animal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) The dead mass separating… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slough — Slough, a. Slow. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slough — Ⅰ. slough [1] ► NOUN 1) a swamp. 2) a situation characterized by lack of progress or activity. DERIVATIVES sloughy adjective. ORIGIN Old English. Ⅱ. slough …   English terms dictionary


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