Sloughy vs Slough - What's the difference?

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Sloughy is a derived term of slough.

As a adjective sloughy

is marshy; having the characteristics of a wetland.

As a noun slough is

the skin shed by a snake or other reptile or slough can be (british) a muddy or marshy area.

As a verb slough is

to shed (skin).




(en adjective)
  • Marshy; having the characteristics of a wetland.
  • * 1724 , , The Drapier's Letters (1903 edition), Letter 7:
  • Neither should that odious custom be allowed, of cutting scraws, (as they call them) which is flaying off the green surface of the ground, to cover their cabins; or make up their ditches; sometimes in shallow soils, where all is gravel within a few inches; and sometimes in low ground, with a thin greensward, and sloughy underneath; which last turns all into bog, by this mismanagement.
  • * 1918 , , The Song of the Lark , part 1, ch. 1:
  • The Swedish Reform Church was in a sloughy , weedy district, near a group of factories.


    * boggy, miry, mucky, swampy



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl), akin to Middle High German ).

    Alternative forms

    * sluff


    (en noun)
  • The skin shed by a snake or other reptile.
  • That is the slough of a rattler; we must be careful.
  • Dead skin on a sore or ulcer.
  • This is the slough that came off of his skin after the burn.


    (en verb)
  • To shed (skin).
  • This skin is being sloughed .
  • To slide off (like a layer of skin).
  • A week after he was burned, a layer of skin on his arm sloughed off.
  • * 2013 , Casey Watson, Mummy’s Little Helper: The heartrending true story of a young girl :
  • The mud sloughed off her palms easily
  • (card games) To discard.
  • East sloughed a heart.
    Derived terms
    * slough off

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (British) A muddy or marshy area.
  • * 1883' "That comed - as you call it - of being arrant asses," retorted the doctor, "and not having sense enough to know honest air from poison, and the dry land from a vile, pestiferous '''slough . — ''
  • (Eastern United States) A type of swamp or shallow lake system, typically formed as or by the backwater of a larger waterway, similar to a bayou with trees.
  • We paddled under a canopy of trees through the slough .
  • (Western United States) A secondary channel of a river delta, usually flushed by the tide.
  • The contains dozens of sloughs that are often used for water-skiing and fishing.
  • A state of depression.
  • John is in a slough .
  • (Canadian Prairies) A small pond, often alkaline, many but not all are formed by glacial potholes.
  • Potholes or sloughs formed by a glacier’s retreat from the central plains of North America, are now known to be some of the world’s most productive ecosystems.
    Derived terms
    * sloughy * Slough of Despond


    * English heteronyms