[ sley ]
/ sleɪ /
verb (used with object), slew or slayed (especially for def. 4); slain;slay·ing.
to kill by violence.
to destroy; extinguish.
- 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
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, adjectiveslayer, nounun·slay·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slay
/ (sleɪ) /
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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