sanko v Often with along, around; hence vbl n sankoing (around) Also sango, sanker, sankle [Etym uncert; cf ankle] chiefly sAppalachians, Ozarks To saunter, stroll; to loaf, idle.1937 (1977) Hurston Their Eyes 176 csFL [Black], Therefore Janie drank her coffee and sankled on back to her room without asking her landlady anything. 1949 Hornsby Lonesome Valley 18 eKY, His feet begged him to hurry, but he made them take their time. He sankoed out toward the gate. Ibid 180, Uncle Lihugh was coming from the barn, sankoing along and looking at the pasture and the sky and the woods. Ibid 297, Johnny looked at him. . . saw him eyeing a dommer rooster sankoing across the yard. 1953 Courier–Jrl. (Louisville KY) 27 Jan sec 2, “When I was growing up in Jackson County,” reports Mrs. Evelyn Reed, Louisville, “my mother often asked people who dropped by the house: ‘What’s So-and-So doing?’ And often the answer was: ‘Oh, just sankoing around.’ I haven’t heard the expression lately.” 1953 Randolph–Wilson Down in Holler 280 Ozarks, Sanko [ˈsæŋko]. . . To walk silently, to pussyfoot around with no apparent purpose. Joe Beaver, of Eureka Springs, Ark., told me that he “used to sanko around in the woods” when he was a boy. Sometimes it means to assume a solemn manner, like that of a country preacher. “Deacon Jeems come a-sankoin’ round, but I never paid no attention.” 1963 Mt. Life 39.2.52 sAppalachians, I’d jis’ sanker aout to that road and pull ‘im offen thar and shake ‘im till his toenails rattled. 1979 Carpenter Walton War 152 strong>sAppalachians, “I hain’t been doin’ nothin’, jest sangoin around.” “Sangoin” seems to be one of those words created by the mountaineer for his own purpose. It means loafing, sashaying; maybe “hanging” around. 1983 MJLF 9.1.54 ceKY, Sankoing around . . loafing, loitering. 1995 in 1996 Montgomery Coll. wNC, eTN, Sango (around).