[ sley ]
/ sleɪ /
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.
Obsolete. to strike.
verb (used without object), slew or slayed (especially for def. 7); slain;slay·ing.
to kill or murder.
Slang. to strongly impress or overwhelm someone: His whole album slays.
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Origin of slay
First recorded before 900; Middle English sleen, slayn, Old English slēan; cognate with Dutch slaan, German schlagen, Old Norse slā, Gothic slahan “to strike, beat”
OTHER WORDS FROM slayslay·a·ble, adjectiveslay·er, nounun·slay·a·ble, adjective
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How to use slay in a sentence
Ay, the son of Jamadagni, kings of earth who proudly slayed, On the youthful arms of Karna his destructive weapon laid!
Bhima too will seek fulfilment of the dreadful vow he made, Brave Satyaki wreak his vengeance for his sons untimely slayed!
Unto fathers, unto husbands, unto sons in battle slayed, Offerings of the sacred water sorrowing wives and mothers made.
In this the wren "is slayed," "conveyed home in carts and horse," and is got in by "driving down the door cheeks."
British Dictionary definitions for slay
verb slays, slaying, slew or slain (tr)
archaic, or literary to kill, esp violently
slang to impress (someone) sexually
obsolete to strike
Derived forms of slayslayer, noun
Word Origin for slay
Old English slēan; related to Old Norse slā, Gothic, Old High German slahan to strike, Old Irish slacaim I beat
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