verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to lay about one with sharp, sweeping strokes; make one's way by cutting.
to make a sweeping, cutting stroke.


Nearby words

  1. slapped-cheek disease,
  2. slapper,
  3. slapshot,
  4. slapstick,
  5. slart,
  6. slash and burn,
  7. slash fiction,
  8. slash pine,
  9. slash pocket,
  10. slash-and-burn

Origin of slash

1350–1400; Middle English slaschen < ?

Related formsun·slashed, adjective




Often slashes. a tract of wet or swampy ground overgrown with bushes or trees.

Origin of slash

An Americanism dating back to 1645–55; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slash


verb (tr)

to cut or lay about (a person or thing) with sharp sweeping strokes, as with a sword, knife, etc
to lash with a whip
to make large gashes into slash tyres
to reduce (prices, etc) drastically
mainly US to criticize harshly
to slit (the outer fabric of a garment) so that the lining material is revealed
to clear (scrub or undergrowth) by cutting


a sharp, sweeping stroke, as with a sword or whip
a cut or rent made by such a stroke
a decorative slit in a garment revealing the lining material
US and Canadian
  1. littered wood chips and broken branches that remain after trees have been cut down
  2. an area so littered
Also called: diagonal, forward slash, separatrix, shilling mark, solidus, stroke, virgule a short oblique stroke used in text to separate items of information, such as days, months, and years in dates (18/7/80), alternative words (and/or), numerator from denominator in fractions (55/103), etc
British slang the act of urinating (esp in the phrase have a slash)
a genre of erotic fiction written by women, to appeal to women

Word Origin for slash

C14 slaschen, perhaps from Old French esclachier to break

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Word Origin and History for slash
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