- 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
- a large number or quantity: a whole slew of people.
Origin of slew2
Examples from the Web for slue
In which towne he slue the bishop, bicause he was a Burgognian.
"You don't need to say anything about this to Slue Foot," cautioned the boy.
It was Slue Foot, and he brought 'em a grub stake and some blankets.
We want to make as good a showin' as we kin this year, Slue Foot.
The man that's doing the double crossing is Slue Foot Magee.
- a variant spelling (esp US) of slew 2
- a variant spelling of slough 1 (def. 2)
- US informal a variant spelling of slew 4
- 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
Word Origin and History for slue
"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).