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slew

3 [sloo]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun
slue1.
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slew1 (sluː)
 
vb
the past tense of slay

slew or esp (US) slue2 (sluː)
 
vb
1.  to twist or be twisted sideways, esp awkwardly: he slewed around in his chair
2.  nautical to cause (a mast) to rotate in its step or (of a mast) to rotate in its step
 
n
3.  the act of slewing
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
slue or esp (US) slue2
 
vb
 
n
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

slew3 (sluː)
 
n
a variant spelling (esp US) of slough

slew or slue4 (sluː)
 
n
informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) a great number or amount; a lot
 
[C20: from Irish Gaelic sluagh; related to Old Irish slōg army]
 
slue or slue4
 
n
 
[C20: from Irish Gaelic sluagh; related to Old Irish slōg army]

slewed (sluːd)
 
adj
slang (Brit) (postpositive) intoxicated; drunk
 
[C19: from slew²]

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Word Origin & History

slew
"swampy place," 1708, N.Amer. variant of slough.

slew
"to turn, swing, twist," 1834, earlier slue (1769), a nautical word, of unknown origin. Slewed (1801) is old nautical slang for "drunk."

slew
"large number," 1839, from Ir. sluagh "a host, crowd, multitude."
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Slang Dictionary

slew definition


  1. in.
    to drink to intoxication. : They must have been slewing for an hour before one got up and left.
  2. n.
    and slews. a lot; lots. : I have a whole slew of old computer programs at home in a box somewhere.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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slewed definition

[slud] and [ˈslui, slud...]
and slewy; slued; sloughed (up)
  1. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : Wallace is too slewed to drive.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
My car shivered, and slewed sideways on the ice, right across into the other lane.
To free the shuttle-car operator, the continuous-miner operator immediately slewed the continuous miner's tail away from the rib.
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