slew

1
[sloo]

verb

simple past tense of slay.

Nearby words

  1. slesvig,
  2. sleswick,
  3. sleuth,
  4. sleuthhound,
  5. sleuthing,
  6. slew rate,
  7. slewed,
  8. sley,
  9. slezsko,
  10. slic

slew

3
[sloo]

verb (used with or without object), noun

slue

1

or slew

[sloo]

verb (used with object), slued, slu·ing.

to turn (a mast or other spar) around on its own axis, or without removing it from its place.
to swing around.

verb (used without object), slued, slu·ing.

to turn about; swing around.

noun

the act of sluing.
a position slued to.

Origin of slue

1
First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for slewed

slewed

adjective

(postpositive) British slang intoxicated; drunk

Word Origin for slewed

C19: from slew ²

slue

1

noun, verb

a variant spelling (esp US) of slew 2

slue

2

noun

a variant spelling of slough 1 (def. 2)

slue

3

noun

US informal a variant spelling of slew 4

slew

1

verb

the past tense of slay

slew

2

esp US slue

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

slew

3

noun

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

slew

4

slue

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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Word Origin and History for slewed
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