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slay

[sley]
verb (used with object), slew, slain, slaying.
1.
to kill by violence.
2.
to destroy; extinguish.
3.
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.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English sleen, slayn, Old English slēan; cognate with Dutch slaan, German schlagen, Old Norse slā, Gothic slahan to strike, beat

slayable, adjective
slayer, noun
unslayable, adjective


1. murder, slaughter, massacre, butcher, assassinate. 2. annihilate, ruin.
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slain (sleɪn)
 
vb
the past participle of slay

slay (sleɪ)
 
vb , slays, slaying, slew, slain
1.  archaic, literary or to kill, esp violently
2.  slang to impress (someone) sexually
3.  obsolete to strike
 
[Old English slēan; related to Old Norse slā, Gothic, Old High German slahan to strike, Old Irish slacaim I beat]
 
'slayer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

slay
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 base *slog- "to hit" (cf. O.N., O.Fris. sla, Dan. slaa, M.Du. slaen, Du. slaan, O.H.G. slahan, Ger. schlagen, Goth. slahan "to strike"), from PIE base from base
*slak- "to strike" (cf. M.Ir. pp. slactha "struck," slacc "sword"). Modern Ger. cognate schlagen maintains the original sense of "to strike." Meaning "overwhelm with delight" (1340) preserves some of the wider rangeof meanings that the word once had, including also "to strike a spark" (O.E.).

slain
early 13c., from O.E. (ge)slegen, pp. of slean (see slay). The noun meaning "Those who have been slain" is attested from mid-14c.
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Slang Dictionary

slay definition


  1. tv.
    to overwhelm someone with one's performance or other excellence. : These jokes always slay the audience.
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Example sentences
The public was shocked by the ambush, but there was a notable absence of
  outward sympathy for the three slain officers.
Instead of being slain for malevolence, give them the chance to change.
But every ounce of breeding plumes represented six dead adults, and each slain
  pair left behind three to five starving nestlings.
Despite this week's excitement, it would be premature to say he has slain the
  monster of corruption.
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