1. a person or thing that slashes.
  2. a person who criminally attacks others with a knife, razor, or the like.
  3. a horror film depicting such a criminal and featuring gory special effects.

Origin of slasher

First recorded in 1550–60; slash1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for slasher


  1. a person or thing that slashes
  2. Australian and NZ a wooden-handled cutting tool or tractor-drawn machine used for cutting scrub or undergrowth in the bush
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Word Origin and History for slasher

1550s, "a bully, a fighter;" 1815, "weapon for slashing," agent noun from slash (v.). As "violent movie" by 1978.

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