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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
1760-70; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for slewed
Historical Examples
  • We swung up from our seats and slewed half round to get every pound we could out of the thrashing oars.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
  • The engines stopped and we slewed into the bank and dropped anchor.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • The red roadster whipped and slewed around the curves, and leaped like lightning across the straight-away stretches.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • Do you suppose you are a prisoner here because I slewed on you?

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • She slewed around, jerked and bobbed, slamming Stan back against his shock pad.

  • First, the sail-boat checked and slewed; 'aground,' I concluded.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • 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
  • And the wind had slewed round from south-west to west, with a flirting to north.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
  • As they slewed around the bend their coachman was flung from his seat into the grass border of the roadside.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for slewed

slewed

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

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

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
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Word Origin and History for slewed

slew

n.

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

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

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.

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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