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slain

[sleyn] /sleɪn/
verb
1.
past participle of slay.
Related forms
unslain, adjective

slay

[sley] /sleɪ/
verb (used with object), slew, slain, slaying.
1.
to kill by violence.
2.
to destroy; extinguish.
3.
sley.
4.
Informal. to impress strongly; overwhelm, especially by humor:
Your jokes slay me.
5.
Obsolete. to strike.
verb (used without object), slew, slain, slaying.
6.
to kill or murder.
noun
7.
sley.
Origin of slay
900
before 900; Middle English sleen, slayn, Old English slēan; cognate with Dutch slaan, German schlagen, Old Norse slā, Gothic slahan to strike, beat
Related forms
slayable, adjective
slayer, noun
unslayable, adjective
Synonyms
1. murder, slaughter, massacre, butcher, assassinate. 2. annihilate, ruin.

sley

or slay, sleigh

[sley] /sleɪ/
noun, plural sleys.
1.
the reed of a loom.
2.
the warp count in woven fabrics.
3.
British. the lay of a loom.
verb (used with object)
4.
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
before 1050; Middle English sleye, Old English slege weaver's reed; akin to Dutch slag, German Schlag, Old Norse slag, Gothic slahs a blow; see slay
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  • As with the Hunter, so with the Warrior, the fetich is fed on the life-blood of the slain.

    Zui Fetiches Frank Hamilton Cushing
  • The Mantineans suffered severely in their retreat, but of the Argives only a few were slain.

  • Who could have slain our little sister whom we loved so much?

    Tales of Giants from Brazil Elsie Spicer Eells
  • He was my father, Sire, and I saw him slain—aye, and slew the slayer.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • The cry on the plain Round the corse of the slain I list to most pain.

    The Death of Balder Johannes Ewald
British Dictionary definitions for slain

slain

/sleɪn/
verb
1.
the past participle of slay

slay

/sleɪ/
verb (transitive) slays, slaying, slew, slain
1.
(archaic or literary) to kill, esp violently
2.
(slang) to impress (someone) sexually
3.
(obsolete) to strike
Derived Forms
slayer, noun
Word Origin
Old English slēan; related to Old Norse slā, Gothic, Old High German slahan to strike, Old Irish slacaim I beat
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Word Origin and History for slain
adj.

early 13c., from Old English (ge)slegen, past participle of slean (see slay (v.)). The noun meaning "those who have been slain" is attested from mid-14c.

slay

v.

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."

n.

"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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for slain

slave away

verb phrase

To work very hard at something: slaving away at Thanksgiving dinner

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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