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noun, plural slav·eys. British Informal.
  1. a female servant, especially a maid of all work in a boardinghouse.
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Origin of slavey

First recorded in 1800–10; slave + -y2


noun, plural Slav·eys, (especially collectively) Slav·ey.
  1. Slave.
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Historical Examples of slavey

  • And, when I got home, the slavey had forgotten to lay supper!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 8, 1893


  • The servant is a servant, a "slavey," a "skivvy," a "Mary Jane."

    The Labour-saving House

    Dorothy Constance Bayliff Peel

  • The slavey told me Aunt Polly was out, but that you were here.

    Mrs. Craddock

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • This does not mean that she is to be a domestic drudge of the London "slavey" type.

    The Expert Maid-Servant

    Cristine Terhune Herrick

  • You can't conceal it from me; I have but to ask the slavey or the landlady.

    The Betrayal of John Fordham

    B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

British Dictionary definitions for slavey


  1. British informal a female general servant
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Word Origin for slavey

C19: from slave + -y ²


  1. a member of a Dene Native Canadian people of northern Canada
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Word Origin for Slavey

from Athapascan
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