verb (slew; also especially in sense 2 slayed; slain; slaying) Etymology: Middle English slen, from Old English slēan to strike, slay; akin to Old High German slahan to strike, Middle Irish slachta stricken Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to kill violently, wantonly, or in great numbers; broadly to strike down ; kill 2. to delight or amuse immensely <
slayed the audience
intransitive verb kill, murder Synonyms: see killslayer noun

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  • slay — [ sleı ] (past tense slew [ slu ] ; past participle slain [ sleın ] ) verb transitive LITERARY to kill someone in a violent way: He was slain in battle in 673. a. INFORMAL to impress someone, especially by making them laugh: His jokes really slay …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • slay — I verb annihilate, assassinate, deprive of life, destroy, dispatch, dispose of, execute, exterminate, intentcere, interimere, kill, liquidate, massacre, murder, occidere, put to death, slaughter, take a life, terminate, victimize associated… …   Law dictionary

  • slay — [sleı] v past tense slew [slu:] past participle slain [sleın] [T] [: Old English; Origin: slean to hit, kill ] 1.) to kill someone used especially in newspapers 2.) AmE spoken informal to amuse someone a lot >slayer n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • slay — (v.) O.E. slean to smite, also to kill with a weapon (class VI strong verb; past tense sloh, slog, pp. slagen), from P.Gmc. *slakhanan, from root *slog to hit (Cf. O.N., O.Fris. sla, Dan. slaa, M.Du. slaen, Du. slaan, O.H.G. slahan, Ger …   Etymology dictionary

  • slay — *kill, murder, assassinate, dispatch, execute …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • slay — meaning ‘to kill’, has the past tense slew and the past participle slain. In BrE it has a literary flavour, but it is an ordinary word for violent killing in AmE, appearing in newspaper headlines such as Serial killer slays seven, which sometimes …   Modern English usage

  • slay — [v] kill annihilate, assassinate, butcher, cut off, destroy, dispatch, do*, do away with, do in*, down*, eliminate, erase, execute, exterminate, finish, hit, knock off*, liquidate, massacre, murder, neutralize, put away*, rub out*, slaughter,… …   New thesaurus

  • slay — ► VERB (past slew; past part. slain) 1) archaic or literary kill in a violent way. 2) N. Amer. murder. DERIVATIVES slayer noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • slay — [slā] vt. SLEW or for 2 slayed, slain, slaying, slew [ME slean < OE < * slahan, akin to Ger schlagen, Du slagen < IE base * slak , to hit > MIr slacc, sword] 1. to kill or destroy in a violent way 2. Slang to impress, delight, amuse,… …   English World dictionary

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