- a person or thing that slashes.
- a person who criminally attacks others with a knife, razor, or the like.
- a horror film depicting such a criminal and featuring gory special effects.
Origin of slasher
Examples from the Web for slasher
The slasher film series Friday the 13th is well known for its homicidal tendencies.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
Halloween also helped spawn the slasher film genre, and provided the genre with many of its tropes.The Week in Nostalgia: ‘Halloween’ Turns 35, Butch and Sundance Debut, and the iPod is Born (VIDEO)
October 26, 2013
For a generation raised on slasher flicks and fountains of gibbering gore this film would be an Ativan.Carsten Stroud’s Book Bag: My Top Five Horror Classics
July 23, 2013
However reactionary a sycophant to rich people and slasher of programs for others he might be, he is the governor.Conservatives and Rock and Roll
June 22, 2012
Which is fine and dandy for, say, a slasher movie or a Russ Meyer film.Red Riding Hood Stinks!
March 11, 2011
They call me a beau and a buck, a slasher and dasher, and flourishing Phil.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The Slasher, with an 'Away, slight man' motion of the hand, said 'Gerrout!'The Making Of A Novelist
David Christie Murray
Slasher cleared the timbers with a bound and leaped into the bushes.Beyond the Black River
Robert E. Howard
"They stand at loom and spinner and slasher all day," she said.The Landloper
Your misgiving be d—d. Tony's as true as steel, and sharp as a slasher.The Weird of the Wentworths, Vol. 1
- a person or thing that slashes
- Australian and NZ a wooden-handled cutting tool or tractor-drawn machine used for cutting scrub or undergrowth in the bush
Word Origin and History for slasher
1550s, "a bully, a fighter;" 1815, "weapon for slashing," agent noun from slash (v.). As "violent movie" by 1978.