[ 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.
Words nearby slay
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, adjectiveslay·er, nounun·slay·a·ble, adjective
Definition for slayed (2 of 2)
or slay, sleigh
[ sley ]
/ sleɪ /
noun, plural sleys.
the reed of a loom.
the warp count in woven fabrics.
British. the lay of a loom.
verb (used with object)
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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for slayed
/ (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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