verb (used with object), slew or slayed (especially for def 4); slain; slay·ing.
- to impress strongly; overwhelm, especially by humor: Your jokes slay me.
- to make a strong impression with: She really slayed her performance last night.
verb (used without object), slew or slayed (especially for def 7); slain; slay·ing.
Origin of slay
or slay, sleigh
noun, plural sleys.
verb (used with object)
Origin of sley
Examples from the Web for slain
Newspapers around Europe have also done so in solidarity with the slain.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On Monday, de Blasio called for a temporary halt to protests until after the funerals of the two slain officers.Trayvon Martin’s Family Rejects ‘Dead Cops’ Marchers|Jacob Siegel|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The woman and her husband and teenage daughter were all slain.
The same spiritual sense prompted the bishop to seek justice for the slain activists.
The actual field, where Richard was unhorsed and slain in a medieval marsh, is more than a mile away to the southwest.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab|Clive Irving|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An expedition was fitted out, and sent against the Earl of Caithness, who was defeated and slain.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
And before he could be slain by any other, Arthur cut off his head.The Mabinogion|Lady Charlotte Guest
Believing this statement, the Kurds wildly flew into the face of the big guns and many thousand were slain.Modern Persia|Mooshie G. Daniel
The queen-mother found that she could not take these children with her, and so she ordered them all to be slain.Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series|Jacob Abbott
Nestor, in the chariot of Diomede, goes against Hector, whose charioteer is slain by Diomede.
verb slays, slaying, slew or slain (tr)
Word Origin for slay
early 13c., from Old English (ge)slegen, past participle of slean (see slay (v.)). The noun meaning "those who have been slain" is attested from mid-14c.
Old English slean "to smite, strike, beat," also "to kill with a weapon, slaughter" (class VI strong verb; past tense sloh, slog, past participle slagen), from Proto-Germanic *slahan, from root *slog- "to hit" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian sla, Danish slaa, Middle Dutch slaen, Dutch slaan, Old High German slahan, German schlagen, Gothic slahan "to strike"). The Germanic words are from PIE root *slak- "to strike" (cf. Middle Irish past participle slactha "struck," slacc "sword").
Modern German cognate schlagen maintains the original sense of "to strike." Meaning "overwhelm with delight" (mid-14c.) preserves one of the wide range of meanings the word once had, including, in Old English, "stamp (coins); forge (weapons); throw, cast; pitch (a tent), to sting (of a snake); to dash, rush, come quickly; play (the harp); gain by conquest."
"instrument on a weaver's loom to beat up the weft," Old English slæ, slea, slahae, from root meaning "strike" (see slay (v.)), so called from "striking" the web together. Hence the surname Slaymaker "maker of slays."