verb (used without object), slaved, slav·ing.
verb (used with object), slaved, slav·ing.
- slave ant,
- slave bracelet,
- slave coast,
- slave cylinder,
- slave driver
Origin of slave
Examples from the Web for slaving
Instead of slaving over the sauce just before dinner, you can chat with your guests, or concentrate on the entree.
We listened to you, and now we're slaving away, often at jobs we can't stand and with people we loathe.
Women have been slaving away in the kitchen for eons, maybe a little bit longer.
When not slaving over casseroles in her tiny Brooklyn kitchen, she edits Nerve's culture blog, Scanner.
Mercer worked frantically in his laboratory, slaving feverishly beside the big hood.
And yet never a free evening had this boy but he must spend it behind our counter, slaving like the best of us for sheer love.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front|E. W. Hornung
But I can't keep on slaving from morning till night giving people their wishes.Five Children and It|E. Nesbit
You were thinking how lucky we are to be here picking nuts in the woods instead of slaving away in Clintonia High.The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass|Allen Chapman
"I shall hate to give up this life and go to slaving in the bank again," he complained.Tom Swift and his Motor-boat|Victor Appleton
- a device that is controlled by or that duplicates the action of another similar device (the master device)
- (as modifier)slave cylinder
Word Origin for slave
late 13c., "person who is the chattel or property of another," from Old French esclave (13c.), from Medieval Latin Sclavus "slave" (source also of Italian schiavo, French esclave, Spanish esclavo), originally "Slav" (see Slav); so used in this secondary sense because of the many Slavs sold into slavery by conquering peoples.
This sense development arose in the consequence of the wars waged by Otto the Great and his successors against the Slavs, a great number of whom they took captive and sold into slavery. [Klein]
Meaning "one who has lost the power of resistance to some habit or vice" is from 1550s. Applied to devices from 1904, especially those which are controlled by others (cf. slave jib in sailing, similarly of locomotives, flash bulbs, amplifiers). Slave-driver is attested from 1807; extended sense of "cruel or exacting task-master" is by 1854. Slate state in U.S. history is from 1812. Slave-trade is attested from 1734.
Old English Wealh "Briton" also began to be used in the sense of "serf, slave" c.850; and Sanskrit dasa-, which can mean "slave," apparently is connected to dasyu- "pre-Aryan inhabitant of India." More common Old English words for slave were þeow (related to þeowian "to serve") and þræl (see thrall). The Slavic words for "slave" (Russian rab, Serbo-Croatian rob, Old Church Slavonic rabu) are from Old Slavic *orbu, from the PIE root *orbh- (also source of orphan), the ground sense of which seems to be "thing that changes allegiance" (in the case of the slave, from himself to his master). The Slavic word is also the source of robot.
Indian tribe of northwestern Canada, 1789, from slave (n.), translating Cree (Algonquian) awahkan "captive, slave."
1550s, "to enslave," from slave (n.). The meaning "work like a slave" is first recorded 1719. Related: Slaved; slaving.