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slew1

[sloo] /slu/
verb
1.
simple past tense of slay.

slew3

[sloo] /slu/
verb (used with or without object), noun
1.
slue1 .

slue1

or slew

[sloo] /slu/
verb (used with object), slued, sluing.
1.
to turn (a mast or other spar) around on its own axis, or without removing it from its place.
2.
to swing around.
verb (used without object), slued, sluing.
3.
to turn about; swing around.
noun
4.
the act of sluing.
5.
a position slued to.
Origin of slue1
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for slewed
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  • He was redder in the face than ever, and his wig was almost off his head, it was so slewed aside.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The engines stopped and we slewed into the bank and dropped anchor.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • 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 Erskine Childers
  • And the wind had slewed round from south-west to west, with a flirting to north.

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior
  • He had been wearing his pistol at his side, he now slewed it around to his hip.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • The men were backing out of its way, when suddenly it slewed round its tail.

    The South Sea Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • Saurin slewed round, got the sight well on its head, and pulled again.

    Dr. Jolliffe's Boys Lewis Hough
  • She had slewed somewhat, bringing her jibbooms to bear upon the ship.

    The Last Entry William Clark Russell
  • Then, because he had been stopped and slewed a little from his course, he just went back the way he had come.

    Bud Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for slewed

slewed

/sluːd/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) (Brit, slang) intoxicated; drunk
Word Origin
C19: from slew²

slue1

/sluː/
noun, verb
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of slew2

slue2

/sluː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of slough1 (sense 2)

slue3

/sluː/
noun
1.
(US, informal) a variant spelling of slew4

slew1

/sluː/
verb
1.
the past tense of slay

slew2

/sluː/
verb
1.
to twist or be twisted sideways, esp awkwardly: he slewed around in his chair
2.
(nautical) to cause (a mast) to rotate in its step or (of a mast) to rotate in its step
noun
3.
the act of slewing
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

slew3

/sluː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of slough1 (sense 2)

slew4

/sluː/
noun
1.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) a great number or amount; a lot
Word Origin
C20: from Irish Gaelic sluagh; related to Old Irish slōg army
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Word Origin and History for slewed

slew

n.1

"swampy place," 1708, North American variant of slough.

slew

v.

"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.

slew

n.2

"large number," 1839, from Irish sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude," from Celtic and Balto-Slavic *sloug- "help, service" (see slogan).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slewed

slewed

adjective

Drunk

[1801+; fr slew, ''veer, swing around, hence, walk erratically'']

slew

noun

A large quantity; oodles, slathers: a slew of cops

[1839+; probably fr Irish sluagh, ''host, multitude'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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