- simple past tense of slay.
- to turn (a mast or other spar) around on its own axis, or without removing it from its place.
- to swing around.
- to turn about; swing around.
- the act of sluing.
- a position slued to.
Origin of slue1
Examples from the Web for slewed
He was redder in the face than ever, and his wig was almost off his head, it was so slewed aside.Gilian The Dreamer
The engines stopped and we slewed into the bank and dropped anchor.In Mesopotamia
Do you suppose you are a prisoner here because I slewed on you?The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
First, the sail-boat checked and slewed; 'aground,' I concluded.The Riddle of the Sands
And the wind had slewed round from south-west to west, with a flirting to north.Lines in Pleasant Places
- (postpositive) British slang intoxicated; drunk
- a variant spelling (esp US) of slew 2
- a variant spelling of slough 1 (def. 2)
- US informal a variant spelling of slew 4
- the past tense of slay
esp US slue
- to twist or be twisted sideways, esp awkwardlyhe slewed around in his chair
- nautical to cause (a mast) to rotate in its step or (of a mast) to rotate in its step
- the act of slewing
- a variant spelling (esp US) of slough 1 (def. 2)
- informal, mainly US and Canadian a great number or amount; a lot
Word Origin and History for slewed
"swampy place," 1708, North American variant of slough.
"to turn, swing, twist," 1834, earlier slue (1769), a nautical word, of unknown origin. Slewed (1801) is old nautical slang for "drunk." Slew-foot "clumsy person who walks with feet turned out" is from 1896.
"large number," 1839, from Irish sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude," from Celtic and Balto-Slavic *sloug- "help, service" (see slogan).