slain

[ sleyn ]
/ sleɪn /

verb

past participle of slay.

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OTHER WORDS FROM slain

un·slain, adjective

Definition for slain (2 of 3)

slay
[ sley ]
/ sleɪ /

verb (used with object), slew or slayed (especially for def 4); slain; slay·ing.

verb (used without object), slew or slayed (especially for def 7); slain; slay·ing.

to kill or murder.
Slang. to strongly impress or overwhelm someone: His whole album slays.

noun

Origin of slay

before 900; Middle English sleen, slayn, Old English slēan; cognate with Dutch slaan, German schlagen, Old Norse slā, Gothic slahan “to strike, beat”

OTHER WORDS FROM slay

slay·a·ble, adjectiveslay·er, nounun·slay·a·ble, adjective

Definition for slain (3 of 3)

sley

or slay, sleigh

[ sley ]
/ sleɪ /

noun, plural sleys.

the reed of a loom.
the warp count in woven fabrics.
British. the lay of a loom.

verb (used with object)

to draw (warp ends) through the heddle eyes of the harness or through the dents of the reed in accordance with a given plan for weaving a fabric.

Origin of sley

before 1050; Middle English sleye, Old English slege weaver's reed; akin to Dutch slag, German Schlag, Old Norse slag, Gothic slahs a blow; see slay
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British Dictionary definitions for slain (1 of 2)

slain
/ (sleɪn) /

verb

the past participle of slay

British Dictionary definitions for slain (2 of 2)

slay
/ (sleɪ) /

verb slays, slaying, slew or slain (tr)

archaic, or literary to kill, esp violently
slang to impress (someone) sexually
obsolete to strike

Derived forms of slay

slayer, noun

Word Origin for slay

Old English slēan; related to Old Norse slā, Gothic, Old High German slahan to strike, Old Irish slacaim I beat
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