Origin of slew2
verb (used with or without object), noun
noun U.S., Canadian.
verb (used with object), slew or slayed (especially for def 4); slain; slay·ing.
- to impress strongly; overwhelm, especially by humor: Your jokes slay me.
- to make a strong impression with: She really slayed her performance last night.
verb (used without object), slew or slayed (especially for def 7); slain; slay·ing.
Origin of slay
verb (used with object), slued, slu·ing.
verb (used without object), slued, slu·ing.
Origin of slue1
or slay, sleigh
noun, plural sleys.
verb (used with object)
Origin of sley
Examples from the Web for slew
He says device makers also will have to meet a slew of security requirements: Can the device be encrypted?
Between her slew of appointments, Lennox manages to squeeze in enough time for no less than 40 different charities.
Apparently, Minaj received a slew of offensive tweets and rude Instagram comments in response to the racy image.Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Lyrics Tease Her Elevator Drama with Jay Z|Amy Zimmerman|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Afterwards, a slew of major NBA reporters did their best to quell the giddy, growing mob.LeBron James Returns to Cleveland: How 'The Decision 2.0' Happened|Robert Silverman|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The park administration has embarked on a slew of tourist-luring projects.Can Gorillas Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo?|Nina Strochlic|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The fireman was already on the tender, ready to slew over the pipe that would bring a cataract of water down into the reservoir.Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer|J. W. Duffield
Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.The King James Bible, Complete|Various
But he was intrenched, and slew hundreds of the enemy before he retreated, which was effected without loss.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
He slew a lion in fair combat, with nought but his cloak and a short sword.The Cloister and the Hearth|Charles Reade
After that they slew Kol, and Thrain cut off his head, and they threw the trunk over-board, but kept his head.The story of Burnt Njal|Anonymous
Word Origin for slew
Word Origin for slew
verb slays, slaying, slew or slain (tr)
Word Origin for slay
"swampy place," 1708, North American variant of slough.
"to turn, swing, twist," 1834, earlier slue (1769), a nautical word, of unknown origin. Slewed (1801) is old nautical slang for "drunk." Slew-foot "clumsy person who walks with feet turned out" is from 1896.
"large number," 1839, from Irish sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude," from Celtic and Balto-Slavic *sloug- "help, service" (see slogan).
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."
"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."