verb (used with object), slew or slayed (especially for def 4); slain; slay·ing.
- to impress strongly; overwhelm, especially by humor: Your jokes slay me.
- to make a strong impression with: She really slayed her performance last night.
verb (used without object), slew or slayed (especially for def 7); slain; slay·ing.
Origin of slay
or slay, sleigh
noun, plural sleys.
verb (used with object)
Origin of sley
Examples from the Web for slay
“It brings me little joy to approach anyone and slay them,” he said.
Their initiation is to slay an infant in front of its mother in order to remove any semblance of humanity or emotion.
But because these tax cuts have powerful, well-connected constituencies, it has been difficult to slay them.Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation Day 14: The Thelma & Louise Caucus|Daniel Gross|November 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was only a matter of time before these two enormous egos would clash—and try to slay each other.
Even when she's forced to slay a dragon, she's on autopilot, going through the motions.
Then cried the damsel, “Slay him not; for if thou do thou shalt repent it.”The Legends Of King Arthur And His Knights|James Knowles
If they offered violence, there was the state militia, armed and impatient to slay.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
It is the name of a felon—of one under doom of outlawry—whom all men are privileged to slay.Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia|William Gilmore Simms
Don Pedros blood is up, and in pursuit he thinks of nothing but to slay, slay.The Fair God|Lew Wallace
Therewith he pulled out his sword, and swore a great oath that he should slay her if she told him not the truth.Stories of King Arthur and His Knights|U. Waldo Cutler
verb slays, slaying, slew or slain (tr)
Word Origin for slay
Old English slean "to smite, strike, beat," also "to kill with a weapon, slaughter" (class VI strong verb; past tense sloh, slog, past participle slagen), from Proto-Germanic *slahan, from root *slog- "to hit" (cf. Old Norse and Old Frisian sla, Danish slaa, Middle Dutch slaen, Dutch slaan, Old High German slahan, German schlagen, Gothic slahan "to strike"). The Germanic words are from PIE root *slak- "to strike" (cf. Middle Irish past participle slactha "struck," slacc "sword").
Modern German cognate schlagen maintains the original sense of "to strike." Meaning "overwhelm with delight" (mid-14c.) preserves one of the wide range of meanings the word once had, including, in Old English, "stamp (coins); forge (weapons); throw, cast; pitch (a tent), to sting (of a snake); to dash, rush, come quickly; play (the harp); gain by conquest."
"instrument on a weaver's loom to beat up the weft," Old English slæ, slea, slahae, from root meaning "strike" (see slay (v.)), so called from "striking" the web together. Hence the surname Slaymaker "maker of slays."