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slay

[sley]
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verb (used with object), slew or slayed (especially for def 4); slain; slay·ing.
  1. to kill by violence.
  2. to destroy; extinguish.
  3. sley.
  4. Slang.
    1. to impress strongly; overwhelm, especially by humor: Your jokes slay me.
    2. to make a strong impression with: She really slayed her performance last night.
  5. Obsolete. to strike.
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verb (used without object), slew or slayed (especially for def 7); slain; slay·ing.
  1. to kill or murder.
  2. Slang. to strongly impress or overwhelm someone: His whole album slays.
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noun
  1. sley.
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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”
Related formsslay·a·ble, adjectiveslay·er, nounun·slay·a·ble, adjective

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sley

or slay, sleigh

[sley]
noun, plural sleys.
  1. the reed of a loom.
  2. the warp count in woven fabrics.
  3. British. the lay of a loom.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to draw (warp ends) through the heddle eyes of the harness or through the dents of the reed in accordance with a given plan for weaving a fabric.
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Origin of sley

before 1050; Middle English sleye, Old English slege weaver's reed; akin to Dutch slag, German Schlag, Old Norse slag, Gothic slahs a blow; see slay
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Related Words for slayed

execute, murder, exterminate, massacre, slaughter, dispatch, butcher, destroy, assassinate, do, finish, hit, annihilate, neutralize, liquidate, down, erase, eliminate, waste, snuff

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Historical Examples of slayed

  • Do you want to see the man or men who slayed your father, escape?

    Whispering Wires

    Henry Leverage

  • 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 slayed

slay

verb slays, slaying, slew or slain (tr)
  1. archaic, or literary to kill, esp violently
  2. slang to impress (someone) sexually
  3. obsolete to strike
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Derived Formsslayer, 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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Word Origin and History for slayed

slay

v.

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."

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slay

n.

"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."

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