- simple past tense of slay.
- a large number or quantity: a whole slew of people.
Origin of slew2
- 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.
- to kill or murder.
- Slang. to strongly impress or overwhelm someone: His whole album slays.
Origin of slay
SynonymsSee more synonyms for slay on Thesaurus.com
- to turn (a mast or other spar) around on its own axis, or without removing it from its place.
- to swing around.
- to turn about; swing around.
- the act of sluing.
- a position slued to.
Origin of slue1
or slay, sleigh
- the reed of a loom.
- the warp count in woven fabrics.
- British. the lay of a loom.
- 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
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?How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
Between her slew of appointments, Lennox manages to squeeze in enough time for no less than 40 different charities.Annie Lennox Doesn’t Give a Damn What You Think
October 21, 2014
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
August 5, 2014
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
July 11, 2014
The park administration has embarked on a slew of tourist-luring projects.Can Gorillas Save the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
April 28, 2014
I strained a sinew on the day that I slew the three men at Castelnau.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Therefore your lives are justly forfeit, and none would blame us if we slew you.
He was my father, Sire, and I saw him slain—aye, and slew the slayer.
The hound fell without a sound, and with equal ease he slew the second.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
So they drove off the best of the cattle of the Sun and slew them.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
- the past tense of slay
esp US slue
- to twist or be twisted sideways, esp awkwardlyhe slewed around in his chair
- nautical to cause (a mast) to rotate in its step or (of a mast) to rotate in its step
- the act of slewing
- a variant spelling (esp US) of slough 1 (def. 2)
- informal, mainly US and Canadian a great number or amount; a lot
- a variant spelling (esp US) of slew 2
- a variant spelling of slough 1 (def. 2)
- US informal a variant spelling of slew 4
- archaic, or literary to kill, esp violently
- slang to impress (someone) sexually
- obsolete to strike
Word Origin and History for slew
"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."