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slew

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[ sloo ]
/ slu /
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verb
simple past tense of slay.
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Other definitions for slew (2 of 2)

slew2

or slue

[ sloo ]
/ slu /

noun Informal.
a large number or quantity: a whole slew of people.

Origin of slew

2
1830–40, Americanism;<Irish sluagh crowd, throng, army, host
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British Dictionary definitions for slew (1 of 4)

slew1
/ (sluː) /

verb
the past tense of slay

British Dictionary definitions for slew (2 of 4)

slew2

esp US slue

/ (sluː) /

verb
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
noun
the act of slewing

Word Origin for slew

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for slew (3 of 4)

slew3
/ (sluː) /

noun
a variant spelling (esp US) of slough 1 (def. 2)

British Dictionary definitions for slew (4 of 4)

slew4

slue

/ (sluː) /

noun
informal, mainly US and Canadian a great number or amount; a lot

Word Origin for slew

C20: from Irish Gaelic sluagh; related to Old Irish slōg army
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