[ sley ]
/ sleɪ /


a light vehicle on runners, usually open and generally horse-drawn, used especially for transporting persons over snow or ice.
a sled.

verb (used without object)

to travel or ride in a sleigh.

Origin of sleigh

1690–1700, Americanism; < Dutch slee, variant of slede sled; cf. slide

Related forms

sleigh·er, noun

Can be confused

sled sledge sleigh

Definition for sleigh (2 of 3)


[ sley ]
/ sleɪ /

noun, verb (used with object)

Definition for sleigh (3 of 3)


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sleigh


/ (sleɪ) /


another name for sledge 1 (def. 1)


(intr) to travel by sleigh

Derived Forms

sleigher, noun

Word Origin for sleigh

C18: from Dutch slee, variant of slede sledge 1
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