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[sley-vee] /ˈsleɪ vi/
noun, plural slaveys. British Informal.
a female servant, especially a maid of all work in a boardinghouse.
Origin of slavey
First recorded in 1800-10; slave + -y2


[sley-vee] /ˈsleɪ vi/
noun, plural Slaveys (especially collectively) Slavey.
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Examples from the Web for slavey
Historical Examples
  • Two distinct knocks, sir, will produce the slavey at any time.

    The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
  • The servant is a servant, a "slavey," a "skivvy," a "Mary Jane."

    The Labour-saving House Dorothy Constance Bayliff Peel
  • She crushes past the little "slavey," and approaching, eyes me critically.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • This does not mean that she is to be a domestic drudge of the London "slavey" type.

    The Expert Maid-Servant Cristine Terhune Herrick
  • Ashamed to face Mrs. Peedles or even the slavey, I kept to my room, with the door locked.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • You can't conceal it from me; I have but to ask the slavey or the landlady.

    The Betrayal of John Fordham B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • The derisive slang term "slavey" expresses the generally prevalent public contempt.

    Vocational Guidance for Girls Marguerite Stockman Dickson
  • Poor as is the establishment of Glyngog, it can boast of a plain cook, with a slavey to assist.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • He hadn't joined the army to be a slavey to any damned first loot.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • Some of the people in this street are even so well-to-do as to keep a “slavey.”

British Dictionary definitions for slavey


(Brit, informal) a female general servant
Word Origin
C19: from slave + -y²


a member of a Dene Native Canadian people of northern Canada
Word Origin
from Athapascan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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