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[ sley ]
/ sleɪ /
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verb (used with object), slew or slayed (especially for def. 4); slain;slay·ing.
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.
noun
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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 slay

slay·a·ble, adjectiveslay·er, nounun·slay·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for slay

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 slay

slayer, 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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